Application for new world buffet restaurant on Balestra site in Northampton town centre

The former Balestra nightclub could become a new restaurant
The former Balestra nightclub could become a new restaurant

A former nightclub in Northampton town centre could be converted into an world buffet restaurant.

A planning application has been submitted to Northampton Borough Council to convert the former Balestra bar site into a Cosmo restaurant.

The building, which dates back to the mid-19th century and is Grade Two listed, has been vacant since the nightclub closed in spring 2013.

The site used to be known as the Northampton Corn Exchange and in 1920 it was converted to a cinema.

In 2010, the building was given a £250 000 refit and was renamed Balestra. When the company went into administration two years ago, the club closed and the building was later sold to the current owners, Cosmo Restaurants of London who plan to convert it into a restaurant.

The company opened its first restaurant in Eastbourne in 2003, and now has a total of seventeen across the country, including one in Northampton.

The restaurants are described as “pan Asian and world banquet dining,” where customers can experience a culinary world tour by eating food from China, India, Italy, Mexico, South America and many other places.

In the planing statement, the company states the impact upon the surrounding area will be “negligible” and the design work has been carried out to maintain the historic fabric and character of the building.

It states “This project will ensure the survival of this building for the people of Northampton for many years to come.”

A decision on the plans is expected to be made in November.