A CHEF hoping to open a Greek-style restaurant in an empty high street store has been praised by councillors.

The plan for the former dry cleaners in Market Street, Westhoughton, was discussed by the town council’s planning committee this week.

The application was drawn up by Odysseas Hatzitzikas, a resident who has worked as a chef across Europe.

He is hoping to create what he describes as a “modern comfort food” restaurant called The Kitchen.

Mr Hatzitzikas said at the meeting: “It will be comfort food with Greek influences on the menu. We are so excited to open this. We are almost ready and we have had so much positive feedback from everyone in Westhoughton.

“I will try to do the best I can. I have worked in England so I know what kind of menu you like.

“It will only be a tiny area and it would just be a modern restaurant with no takeaway.”

Mr Hatzitzikas’s partner Nicki Gillon added: “He’s an amazing chef and he’s really passionate. His food is incredible and I am really proud of him.”

The committee voted unanimously to recommend the application for approval.

Cllr David Wilkinson said: “I have seen the pictures and I think it is a very interesting and different concept to what Westhoughton has had before.

“I think it will be different and again it would attract a different group of people who live in Westhoughton and outside.

“It will be a real addition to the culinary scene in Westhoughton.

“I know some people complain about what’s happening on Market Street but the world is changing.

“Retail habits have changed and some shops have gone forever. Food and beauty and all these kinds of things are now key drivers on most high streets.

“I do hope that the couple have the best of success.”

For more information, search for planning reference number 00832/17 at bolton.gov.uk