05:05AM, Thursday 18 April 2013
A Maidenhead family who own the now shut-down Shisha Garden say they have not been disheartened by its recent closure as they go ahead with American-style diner plans.
Maidenhead brothers Ash and Imran Butt along with sister Henna have stripped out their Lebanese restaurant The Kitchen, in Queen Street, and are in the process of replacing it with 20-seater restaurant The Bear House Diner.
Their adjoining business Shisha Garden, situated behind The Kitchen, was closed by Royal Borough officers at the beginning of the year because the Butt family did not apply for planning permission for the wood and corrugated plastic structure housing the bar.
It was requested the late-night, outdoor shisha cafe be demolished unless Ash, Imran and Henna made a valid application.
This was made on Tuesday, April 9. They have now submitted plans for an 'external smoking shelter with seating and to serve hot and cold drinks'.
As they wait for the decision the Butt's are continuing to enhance their business portfolio, which already includes a Bear House Diner in Egham, by opening the restaurant which combines American fast food with European cuisine.
They aim to have it up and running by the end of the month.
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