Lovers of American cuisine will be delighted to hear that Arbuckles is coming to Ely.
The family owned restaurant, a favourite with those who love their steaks sizzling, their burgers big and their mojitos moreish, announced today that it would be opening a branch at the new Cineworld leisure complex in February 2017.
The 175 seat restaurant will employ about 30 staff, who would be trained at the existing Downham Market restaurant off the A10 from November onwards, owner John Murphy told Spotted in Ely.
“Twelve current staff from the Downham Market restaurant have already been selected to work in the Ely site.”
Management positions have already been filled but the business is looking to employ waiters, bar and kitchen staff to work in the Ely branch.
Mr Murphy said he hoped to open between three and five new restaurants across the East of England over the next five years.
He also hoped that having a branch in Ely would free up some spaces in the existing diner, which had to turn away about 500 customers each week due to being fully booked.
“This should then create extra capacity for more people to be able to use the Downham Market restaurant.”
The restaurant in Downham Market has 340 seats and serves around 6000 customers per week. Arbuckles first opened in 2008 and is owned and operated by John and Maxine Murphy.
Its menu includes American pancakes, Southern style grills, fajitas and salads. And for those with a sweet tooth, sundaes, waffles, cakes and pies.
It’s also now offering a takeaway menu for those craving American treats throughout the week.
Total investment in the Ely site is expected to be between £750,000 and £1,000,000.
Anyone interested in applying to work in the new Ely branch should email their CV here.
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