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New town centre ventures for The Bell and Francesco's

New town centre ventures for The Bell and Francesco's

James Preston

New town centre ventures for The Bell and Francesco's
The Bell is undergoing a facelift

New ventures from two popular destinations in King Street, Maidenhead, are set to open next month.

On December 1, a cafe from the owners of the Francesco's restaurant, which also has sites in Marlow and Windsor, will open in the Nicholsons Centre in an open-plan space in the centre of the complex.

The space was formerly occupied by Café Giardino, which closed in June after the chain's owners went into administration.

The new Café Franco will serve a mix of hot and cold snacks and drinks, with the company intending to bring in a menu of hot lunch specials and home-baked cakes once they are settled in.

On December 7, The Bell pub will reopen its doors to VIP guests following a major refurbishment before opening to the public.

The pub, which is owned by the Orchid Group, will now include a pizza kitchen in the bar area and will feature a new layout incorporating more big screen TVs and a family-friendly feel during the day.

The Bell closed for the refurbishment, which is costing in the region of £250,000, last month.

Property agent Fleurets has confirmed a unit formerly occupied by the Que Pasa bar in King Street remains vacant.

A new wrap was placed around the site last week, sparking speculation that a new bar was set to open.

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