Oldham’s Old Town Hall is “perfect location” for new Loungers

Oldham Council is announcing a high-quality new tenant that is coming to the flagship Old Town Hall development because of its “perfect location”.

The eclectic interior of a typical Loungers venue

Loungers, a contemporary cafe bar chain, is promising to offer a chic and vibrant family-friendly experience when the stunning multiplex opens later this year in the town centre.

The company was started by three friends in Bristol in 2002 and has since rapidly expanded with around 80 restaurants now open or planned in UK towns and cities.

Each Loungers location has its own unique name and the Oldham restaurant will be called ‘Molino Lounge’ – a Spanish word, which means mill.

Loungers become the Old Town Hall’s latest confirmed tenants as the Grade II listed building enters the final stages of its transformation into an ODEON cinema with 800 seats, seven screens and seven restaurants.

A premises licence has been submitted for Molino Lounge at Unit 1, which has 3,272 sq ft of interior space and will boast a terrace enjoying views across the new public space at Parliament Square.

The eclectic interior of a typical Loungers venue

The venue promises to be a ‘retro home from home’ including dramatic art work, oversized vintage sofas and statement light fittings.

It will have a family-friendly focus with highchairs available, a selection of board games, daily newspapers and a free book swap facility.

It will serve brunch, main meals and authentic tapas and also has vegan and gluten-free offerings, plus a children’s menu.

Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have secured Loungers as our latest tenants for the Old Town Hall.”

“This is another high-quality and sought-after brand and Molino Lounge will make an excellent addition to the choice on offer to families in our town centre.

“Molino Lounge are joining Nando’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Costa Coffee at the Old Town Hall and interest in the other units remains very strong.

“As our flagship regeneration scheme, the success of the Old Town Hall is vital to our aspirations for Oldham.

“The development is creating a huge buzz of excitement among residents, business and visitors alike – and I’m constantly being stopped in the street and asked when it will open.

“We are set to make an announcement to confirm the exact opening date before the end of this month – so watch this space.”

Mike Butler, operations manager, Loungers, said: “Oldham is the perfect location for our Lounge concept.”

The Old Town Hall in development

“There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part.

“Residents will be served by the very best – our new team is passionate about hospitality.  Our excellent pre-opening and ‘on the job’ training programme ensures our staff will be at the top of their game.”

At the Molino Lounge a community notice board will be available for those wanting to publicise events and a book swap area will be kept well stocked.

The team is also planning to hold regular fundraising events as part of Loungers’ commitment to making a difference to the local area.

The owners have applied to serve alcohol from 10am to 11pm from Sunday to Wednesday and from 10am to midnight on Thursday to Saturday. There is also an application for late-night food to be served from 11pm until 11.30pm during the week, and from 11pm until 12.30am from Thursday to Saturday.

The Old Town Hall has restaurant units to let ranging in size from 2,500 sq ft to 6,000 sq ft in a premium location.

Painstaking efforts have been taken to preserve as much of the venue’s heritage as possible to deliver a unique historic setting putting it in a different class from other sites.

For letting information contact Dan Davies, Director at Metis Retail Estate Advisors, on 0161 359 4306 or send an email to ddavies@metisrealestate.com

More information about the historic Old Town Hall building can be viewed online.


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