IT IS hoped the opening of two European restaurants in Chesham will be something of a turning point for the town.
Next month, Little Sicily is due to start up in The Broadway and in April a Mediterranean restaurant is set to open in The Red Lion, Red Lion Street.
Businessman Sandro Mazzola is hoping to open Little Sicily in early March. He is currently sorting out planning applications for the doors, windows and signs and intends to start building work towards the end of the month.
“There are just a few issues that need resolving,” he said.
“I’ve had an overwhelming response from people on my website. I’m sure it will be a turning point for the town. I’m hoping to be the centre piece of the town."
The co-founder of Better Chesham, Mick Carling, believes the restaurants will help bring in more opportunities for the town. “I think it’s going to be a real turning point for Chesham,” he said. “To go from having nowhere to eat, apart from Indian or Chinese, to having three places, Little Sicily, The Drawingroom and the Red Lion is going to make it a different town in the evenings.”
Plans are in the early stages to turn The Red Lion into a Mediterranean restaurant serving mainly Croatian and Italian food.
The owners of Lucia’s in Market Square will be managing the eatery, which is expected to open in April. Karla Bilota, who will be manageress, said: “We will be serving homemade food and cakes, but there is not much more I can tell you at the moment.”