A new bar and restaurant is set to replace a popular Mediterranean eatery in Bradshaw.

The people who ran Rokka,  a Turkish and Mediterranean Restaurant on Bradshaw Brow, handed the keys over last month to the managers, who also look after the newly opened Urmston restaurant.

The building is undergoing a  refurbishment and will be known as Mezze Lounge and Grill when it reopens next month.

Part owner of Rokka in Urmston, Iby Tunc, runs it with Mesut Ayaz.

He said: “The people who took Rokka over handed the keys over to us on December 8.

The Bolton News: “We are refurbishing it and hoping to open on Valentine’s Day or around this time, but it depends on the refurbishment.

“We are definitely going to open, and we are working on the restaurant.”

It comes after many customers voiced concerns as to what was happening with the Bolton branch.

Iby says that they have received a lot of phone calls from Bolton customers who wanted to use vouchers for the restaurant, which Eddy says they have been able to use at the Urmston branch.

The Bolton News: Part of the refurbishment will include a new designated bar area, and new seating, which will include late night live music on the last Friday of every month, and a live DJ every weekend.

A new website is currently being created, as well as a new logo, and meetings are taking place to form a new menu with the new chefs.

There will also be a range of specialist cocktails on offer.

Iby said: “We wanted to provide entertainment because there’s not much in the area.

“We also wanted to provide a lounge and bar area to create a better customer experience.

“It’s very exciting.

“We want to create a new brand on an amazing site.”

Rokka have put a message on their website, apologising to customers for the inconvenience, and explaining why they are closed.

The message reads: “We would like to apologise to everyone for the inconvenience that we are closed for the refurbishment till further notice and will be open soon under the new name and management.”

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