Fino Tapas confirms expansion with four new restaurants in Lytham, Blackpool, Kendal and Chester

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New restaurants will be opening in Lytham, Blackpool, Kendal and Chester

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Fino Tapas is expanding (Image: Fino Tapas)

The owner of Fino Tapas has confirmed he will open four new restaurants following on from the success of the original eatery.

Fino Tapas serves authentic, quality Spanish food and drink from its Guildhall Street location in the heart of Preston.

Restaurant entrepreneur and owner Mark O’Rourke has now confirmed he will invest £2million in two new Lancashire sites, in Lytham and Blackpool which are due to open over the summer.

A further two sites outside the county will also open at the end of the year under the plans, including in Kendal and Chester.

The move is set to create up to 250 new jobs across the North West of England.

Fino Tapas since opened in Preston in 2018 at its original site in St Winifred’s Street, before relocating to the larger, former Tiggis on Guildhall Street to meet the demands for more social-distanced dining and the Fino Delivery service.

While each new restaurant will deliver the Spanish cuisine the business has become known, they will all have their own “very individual character.”


Fino Tapas will be coming to Lytham (Image: Fino Tapas)

Following the announcement, Mark O’Rourke said: “We’re very excited to be extending the Fino Tapas brand across Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire. The Preston restaurant has a huge, loyal customer base and continues to attract new customers, thanks to a buzzing night time culture and growing quality food and drink scene in the city.

“The Lancashire coast provides an opportunity to develop two great new sites in tourism destinations. Both Lytham and Blackpool have benefitted from multi-million-pound investments and look set to see a boost in staycations, as people look for traditional seaside breaks.

“Each restaurant will serve the authentic quality Spanish cuisine that we have become known for and reflect the style and ambiance of our first Fino Tapas, but they will have their own very individual character.”

The new Lytham restaurant will be in the former Gusto building on Dicconson Terrace, close to Lytham Green and the towns iconic windmill.

It is due to open this June, it has been confirmed.

In August, the Blackpool restaurant will open in the former Bella Italia on Church St, just a short walk from attractions including The Blackpool Tower, Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre.

In Kendal and Chester, Fino Tapas will breathe new life into Grade II -listed, town centre pubs.

“We’re making a considerable investment in each of these locations and creating job opportunities for the community,” Mark added.

“After the challenging year we’ve had in hospitality, it feels good to be introducing a new brand and our authentic taste of Spain, to these popular North West town centres.”

“Our aim is to develop the Fino Tapas brand in more sites across the UK.”