A POPULAR food business will expand and open a new location at the end of the month.
Calvin Addenbrook, who currently owns The Old Smithy at Leece Lane in Barrow, will open AJ’s Bistro on January 26, serving breakfast in the morning and burgers, baked pizzas and dirty fries in the evening.
Two new chefs have been hired for the new kitchen and all food will be prepared fresh on site, separate from the existing fish and chips.
Mr Addenbrook said: “We were going to do a little expansion to make potatoes in a different kitchen.
“But we thought if we had to do something, we might as well do it big.
“We have decided to do it as a new business.”
The idea had been circulating for 12 months, but he wanted to do it right.
He said: “This is when things go downhill, when the chippies start making all kinds of food.
“So we keep it separate for that reason. The bistro staff will only work on this and they will be run as different businesses. ”
This means that customers will not be able to order a burger alongside the fish and chips, but the quality should remain at the highest.
It will be open for pickup and take out at the same premises, but a different window than The Old Smithy is currently operating.
“We’re really excited but a little nervous. We’ve spent a lot of money on it, so it means a lot to us,” he said.
“The chippy has a good reputation in the local community and we’ve had loads of people saying they can’t wait to try it.”
The bistro is named after Mr. Addenbrook’s son.
It will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., then from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening, with different menus depending on the time of day.