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Makeover and expansion for ‘halfway’ restaurant

Lancashire law firm Napthens solicitors has advised a regional restaurant group on the overhaul of a popular venue located halfway between Preston and Blackburn.
The former Halfway House on Preston New Road, opposite Samlesbury Hall, is undergoing an overhaul which will see a two storey extension developed, a new bar and function room with roof terrace.

The venue is owned by Quattro’s Italian Restaurant Group. The Preston New Road venue was acquired by the group a decade ago and operated for a number of years as Quattro’s.

After being rented out for a time and operated as the Halfway House, it is now being developed by the Quattro’s Group again. It will re-open in the summer as Mezzo – Italian for ‘halfway.’

The venue will have 130 covers downstairs, with a completely new layout. The two storey extension to the side of the building will house a new bar and washroom facilities.

Martin Long, partner in the Commercial Property team at Napthens solicitors, advised the restaurant group on various property issues, and Malcolm Ireland, head of the Leisure and Licensing team, dealt with the application for the premises licence.

Martin said: “Mezzo is in a great location for serving the communities of both Preston and Blackburn and the plans for the venue will totally transform it.

“There is a real buzz around the development, and I know there are plenty of people looking forward to having a Quattro’s on their doorstep again.”

Roberto Atzeni, manager of Mezzo, said: “Previous visitors to the restaurant won’t recognise it after the development is complete. It will be a completely new layout and set up inside, with a full refurbishment and all new facilities.

“We’re going through a major redevelopment programme and I can’t wait to get the first customers through the doors.”