A new restaurant celebrating the “energy and spirit of South America” has opened on one of Bolton’s fastest growing retail parks.

The new branch of Las Iguanas on Middlebrook Retail Park seats more than 200 people across indoor and outdoor areas.

The venue started serving on May 18, in the shadow of Bolton Wanderers FC’s Toughsheet Community stadium.

Las Iguanas managing director Lisa Gibbons said: “South American cuisine and flavours are growing in popularity around the world and UK consumers are discovering these exciting new flavours. 

“We’re passionate about sharing the distinctive energy, authentic flavour and spirit of South America.

The Bolton News: The venue is now openThe venue is now open (Image: Eggmedia Ltd)

“Our travels have taken us to some of the most exciting kitchens in the world from the beaches of Rio to the Amazon rainforest, from urban Buenos Aires to bustling Mexican markets where we’ve discovered delicious dishes cooked from amazing ingredients.

“We look forward to sharing the magic of Las Iguanas.”

Las Iguanas first opened it Bristol in 1991 and since then has spread all over the UK.

The Bolton News: The restaurant will feature the sights and sounds of South AmericaThe restaurant will feature the sights and sounds of South America (Image: Eggmedia Ltd)

The new Bolton branch joins various food and drink venues that have opened in Middlebrook over recent months and years, with plans having been lodged to convert the space in April last year.

It joins a growing selection of well-known high street names at Middlebrook, with more than 60 other restaurants and leisure facilities at the park.

The Bolton News: The venue will also host DJ setsThe venue will also host DJ sets (Image: Eggmedia Ltd)

The restaurants span all kinds of cuisines from sushi to pizzas, with more than 12.5million people estimated to visit Middlebrook every year.

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The new Las Iguanas restaurant has taken over the site on the Linkway that had previously been occupied by Chiquito and will seat 183 people outside and 66 people inside.

It offers all kinds of Mexican and South American cuisines, including vegetarian and vegan options, while the venue has been designed to reflect the sights and sounds of its origins.

The Middlebrook restaurant also serves a range of cocktails, including alcohol-free options and will host live DJ salsa nights, tropical brunches with Latin American DJs.