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Friday, 19 September 2014

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American diner brings 25 new jobs to Carlisle

Carlisle is set for a dining boom with a Fifties US-style diner to open, creating 25 jobs, and plans for eateries in Hoopers.

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Ed’s Easy Diner, which has 28 restaurants across the UK, is moving into the former Cafe M/toilets site in The Lanes, with the toilets moving upstairs.

And Hoopers has lodged plans to convert three units on the ground floor of the vacant building to serve food.

Chief executive of Ed’s Easy Diner, Andrew Guy, said the location was “ideal”.

He said the company hoped to hire locally and was working with the Springboard charity, which helps get young and disadvantaged people from the local community, into employment.

Lanes manager David Jackson said they were approached by the company after Cafe M which, together with part of the toilets’ site will form the new diner, went into administration this spring.

“They wanted to bring the diner to The Lanes but they needed more space [than just Cafe M], hence the decision to relocate the toilets,” he said.

“Contrary to some misconceptions, the toilets are not closing. They will move to take library [office] space.”

Mr Jackson said the diner was adamant it wanted the Cafe M/toilets site, and not any other vacant one in The Lanes.

News of the temporary closure of the toilets provoked an outcry earlier this month, with people posting on social networking sites that the move was a permanent one, which Mr Jackson described as “utter nonsense”.

“Most shopping centres who provide toilets look to locate them away from the main retail area – they are normally at the back of a unit or on another floor, never at the front,” he added. “If we built The Lanes today they would never be in the location they are. We are taking the opportunity to move them as part of remodelling”.

He said they were in discussions about firms taking three other units in The Lanes.

Hoopers closed last year due to “a lack of profitability”. Efforts to sell the three-storey building on the open marked failed and it is standing empty.

A decision on the application will not be made until after July 11. The application has been out for public consultation since June 9.

Have your say

This is the best news I've had in ages first come across this food back in 80's Kings Road Chelsea. My mate and I walked in late one Saturday night I put a coin in the retro juke box 'you never close your eyes' sang out for me the whole Resturant including staff joined in.
For me classic burger Ed's Cheesy fries and strawberry shake fantastic!!!
Looking forward to re acquainting myself with Ed's cooking. JS

Posted by John Singer on 17 September 2014 at 23:18

I have been looking at the menu for eds easy diner and I think it looks great! Carlisle needs sormething like this and I think the lanes is perfect! Gives it a little querk! I'm really excited about trying it! The location is fab if the toilets move upstairs there are still lifts for pushchairs!! Cafe m was lovely and I'm sure this will be a good replacement! Good luck to them

Posted by Paige lambert on 12 August 2014 at 08:27

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