EastZEast set for Blackburn

EastZEast is to set to expand its north west footprint, with a new location soon to open in Blackburn town centre.

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The Punjabi restaurant group will open its eighth and ninth locations after securing a £100,000 funding package with Lloyds.

Joining venues in Preston, Liverpool, Bury, Bradford, Leeds and two in Manchester, new EastZEast restaurants will open in Liverpool and a further 250-seat establishment in the King George’s Hall concert complex in Blackburn.

Twenty jobs are expected to be created at the Blackburn site, which is scheduled to open this autumn.

Ashfaq Hussain, managing director of EastZEast, said: “Over the last decade we’ve grown organically and established a strong following in the North West. Our eyes are always open to new opportunities where we can hit the ground running and replicate the success of our existing model."

Lloyds Bank has provided the six-figure funding package to support the fit out of both restaurants, including extensive investment in commercial kitchen equipment and contemporary dining facilities. Alex Middleton-Adams, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, added: “Enabling British businesses to prosper is at the heart of our offering, and EastZEast is a prime example of how we can achieve that through relationship-led banking."