Rutland Otters Smokehouse and Deli to open in the former Oakham branch of Natwest
A restaurant and deli is to open in the former NatWest Bank in Oakham.
Rutland Otters Smokehouse and Deli Ltd of Oakham plans to open the venture at 44 High Street, Oakham, which has been left empty since the bank closed in Spring 2017.
The company has begun work on altering the interior ground floor and removing 20th century partitions in the 18th century building, to create a new open plan restaurant with associated kitchen and toilets, with a new staircase to reinstate access to the upper floors.
Interior alterations to the first and second floors will also create extra dining areas and office space.
General manager Leo Sugden says the business gained planning approval from Rutland County Council in January and has just submitted new plans concerning the doors for the building.
Work on the conservation and restoration began three months ago and is due for completion by late August, with the new venture opening soon after.
The smokehouse presently operates a deli at 19 Mill Street, Oakham, and the company will look at keeping this location going in some form.
Mr Sugden continued: “We ran out of room. and wanted something with more space and a better layout.
“We plan to restore the building with a new shop frontage, windows and have tables and chairs. Hopefully it will create life in that part of town.
“We intend to increase our offering but remain primarily as a deli.”