Former Northampton town centre pizza place could be turned into world ‘street food’ restaurant

A new street food venue could be opening its doors in Northampton town centre.
A new street food venue could be opening its doors in Northampton town centre.

A new world ​street food restaurant could soon be opening in a former pizzeria in Northampton town centre.

A plan has been submitted to Northampton Borough Council to convert the building once occupied by Pizza Derngate into a new eatery called Foodies Rocks.

If approved, the restaurant directly opposite the Royal & Derngate would offer dishes from around the globe, including savoury and sweet food from the streets of India, Taiwan, China and Mexico among others.

The venue aims to create 12 jobs and would be open from 8am until midnight from Sunday to Thursday, and 8am until 1.30am from Friday to Saturday, serving craft beer alongside the food.

A planning statement submitted as part of the application says: “The establishment fits in with the culture quarter of Northampton. The concept compliments the cocktail and food bar two doors down, and the restaurant on the same street.

“It is aimed at students, families with children, theatre enthusiasts, couples and friends.

“This is a unique and interesting concept for the people of Northampton.”

The application requests for a change of use from a cafe to a combined restaurant/cafe and “drinking establishment”.

The bottom floor of the two-storey venue would feature table football and an “art gallery” and the menu aims to offer options for breakfast lunch and dinner and “quality coffee throughout the day including evenings.”

Northampton Borough Council will decide on the plans by March 31.