Plans have been lodged for one of the most eagerly-anticipated restaurant developments in the West End.
Marco Stevenson has had his sights on sustaining his popular Pizza Magic takeaway business on Hyndland Road for some time.
His new proposals envisage merging his two adjacent premises at 70-72 – the takeaway and a former newsagent – into a pizzeria-diner.
The new venture includes an outside seating area that promises to be a venue for “wining and dining on the street” and a “meeting place for the community”.
Artist’s impressions show a stylish exterior and outside seating area overlooking Old Station Park.
A new frontage of timber and glass includes an elegant wrap-around window in the gable end.
Inside, a central staircase leads up to a new mezzanine floor in the extended interior.
The plans supersede previous permissions for a mix of restaurant and shop.
The Sainsbury’s Local supermarket changed the local retail landscape when it opened last year.
Marco’s newsagent closed in the face of overwhelming competition from the giant.
The new plans reflect a need to use 100% of the available space for a restaurant.
A planning statement sets out Marco’s credentials to the city’s planning committee.
It says the applicant is a “leading light in the local community” and one of the principle parties in the creation of the adjacent community park, “which is patronised by the local community and is the focus of events and fetes.”
The statement written by planning consultants Bennett says: “For over thirty years the applicant has traded from these premises and during that time the venue has become a firm favourite with the local community and has a following among a number of celebrities.
“With the passage of time, the original adjoining newsagent … ceased to be profitable, a situation exacerbated by the presence of the new Sainsbury’s adjacent.”
“It will provide a venue for wining and dining on the ‘street’ and be a meeting place for the community who … are all highly supportive and who view the facility as an opportunity to enliven the area, and in the evening to contribute to the safety and well being of those using the area by virtue of the increased activity”
– Bennett, consultants
It adds: “The proposed new venture will see the integration of the original newsagents into the restaurant and addition of an external seating area which will provide the opportunity to dine al fresco and to respond to the increasing popularity of the venue.
“It will provide a venue for wining and dining on the ‘street’ and be a meeting place for the community who … are all highly supportive and who view the facility as an opportunity to enliven the area, and in the evening to contribute to the safety and well being of those using the area by virtue of the increased activity.”
It concludes: “This proposal will see the creation of a destination restaurant based on the existing pizza outlet which is a local icon and renowned for the quality of the fare on offer.
“This new extended restaurant will enhance the dining experience and offer both inside and outside dining.
“It will be a place to wine, dine, meet friends and in so doing foster and develop the strong community spirit in the area.”