Restaurant business

Gloucestershire pizza chain expands Stroud restaurant

A growing Gloucestershire pizzeria chain will create 10 new jobs with the expansion of its restaurant at the Five Valleys shopping center in Stroud.

Work will begin on Fat Toni’s Pizzeria’s new unit in the complex next to the Vue cinema in May. Once completed, it will be able to accommodate up to 108 guests.

The family business has operated at the resort since 2019 and has since added three more sites – Quedgeley, Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve.

Five Valleys said the restaurant has become “stronger and stronger” and has now signed a 15-year long lease.

The new restaurant will serve sourdough pizzas freshly baked on site, along with a range of wines selected to complement the brand’s signature flavors.

Co-owner Darren Orsi said, “Pizza always tastes best when it’s made with fresh produce and fresh from the oven. We want to provide our customers with a dining experience that matches our food, and to do that, we need a contemporary Italian restaurant.

Jessica Derham, Five Valleys Center Manager, added: “We are very proud to have Fat Toni’s as one of our independent businesses. It’s a great family business that is full of energy!

“Their latest restaurant will breathe new life into Stroud’s nightlife economy, allowing families to enjoy a true Italian dining experience before seeing the latest blockbuster at Vue Cinema.”

Five Valleys is a shopping center on King Street in Stroud town center which has undergone a major redevelopment program by South Yorkshire owner and operator, Dransfield Properties.

The retail establishment, formerly called Merrywalks, has so far seen upgrades to its multi-storey car park, while an indoor market from local artisan food producers – inspired by London’s Borough Market – has also was created.

Nine luxury apartments, including a basement apartment and a townhouse have also been created in the space above the shops and offices.

The next stage of development for the project is underway and includes a £6.5million medical center and a further 2 bedroom apartment above the shops in the arcade area of ​​the project.

Other commercial tenants in the program include Halfords, Home Bargains and Wilko.

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