TEN jobs will be created after a high street restaurant revealed its intentions to expand into a former bank.

Provenance Food Hall And Restaurant in Westhoughton confirmed it had bought the old Natwest building, next door to its Market Street business, and was planning to triple the size of its capacity.

The building, which was vacated by Natwest in June, is 3,000 square feet and would take Provenance from a 46-cover restaurant to more than 150 covers.

And NatWest helped the business by granting it six-figure funding to transform the building.

Brian Tinniswood, who founded Provenance with wife Karen and brother Rob, said: “Our team shares a passion for bringing great food to the people of Westhoughton, all of which is sourced from local producers and suppliers.

“Our restaurant is fully booked most nights, so when the unit next door became available it was the perfect opportunity for us to look at expanding our business.

“Natwest helped us access the finance needed as well as advise and support us throughout the process.

“We can’t wait to open the new space and give more diners the chance to sample our award-winning dishes.”

Provenance was founded in June, 2015 after the family purchased the unit in Market Street, which was home to their grandparents and parents’ toy business Tinniswoods between 1952 and 1999.

Jamie Grimshaw, relationship manager at Natwest, said: “Provenance is a real hit in Westhoughton and it’s great to see a business which supports the local community doing so well.

“The family will transform a derelict site into a thriving business, creating new jobs in the process. I wish them all the best of luck.”

Natwest moved out of the high street building in June after announcing its closure last year following a fall in use.

According to the bank, there had been a 29 per cent decline in the number of transactions since 2011.

The building was recently sold for £174,000 to Provenance at an auction at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester.