Turtle Bay restaurant for Norwich gets go-ahead

The former Fabric Warehouse building in Swan Lane, Norwich, which is to become a new Turtle Bay rest

The former Fabric Warehouse building in Swan Lane, Norwich, which is to become a new Turtle Bay restaurant. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A Caribbean cuisine chain has been granted permission to open a restaurant in Norwich.

Turtle Bay, which has 15 restaurants across the country, has secured the go-ahead to add another in the city's Swan Lane.

The chain was recently granted permission by Norwich City Council for a licence at the former Fabric Warehouse.

And members of the city council's planning committee today agreed to the change the use of the basement and ground floor for the Grade II-listed building, so it can be used for the restaurant.

Officers had recommended that the scheme be granted approval.

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The proposal would see the entrance to the building switched from Swan Lane to Bedford Street.

Norfolk police had requested that the restaurant must restrict its opening hours to midnight, as it is outside the defined late night activity zone.

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Established by one of the founders of Latin food chain Las Iguanas, the first Turtle Bay opened in Milton Keynes in 2010.

The chain promises to deliver 'jerk, rum and reggae' in a social Caribbean style, including food inspired by the beach shacks and street hawkers of the islands.

Alongside curries with rice and peas, the menu includes goat burgers and red snapper fish from the restaurant's 'jerk pit'.

It is not yet clear when the new restaurant will open or how many jobs will be created.

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