Blackpool’s new South American eatery with tacos and burritos from the people behind Dirty Blondes

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Common Bar and Kitchen will serve tacos, burritos, Cuban and sandwiches and much more

 

The former solicitors on Edward Street, Blackpool
The former solicitors on Edward Street, Blackpool (Image: Common Bar and Kitchen)

Blackpool is set to get a brand new South American restaurant next month – brought to you by the people who own Dirty Blondes, Paradise Coast and Nook Wine Bar.

Common Bar and Kitchen on Edward Street is set to open around mid December after months of renovation work.

Owners Jake Whittington, James Lucas and Andy Shields identified the perfect building for their latest venture around a year ago.

The team have been transforming a former solicitors, which has a tremendous amount of character, and have kept much of its original brickwork on display as well its original beams.

The owners of Common Bar and Kitchen have transformed an old solicitors to bring out the buildings best features
The owners of Common Bar and Kitchen have transformed an old solicitors to bring out the buildings best features (Image: Common Bar and Kitchen)

Working with an architect, they spent hours going back and forth to find the right location for everything without compromising on customer experience.

Fitting a full kitchen and three toilets has not proved easy but has now been completed.

Co-owner Jake, 29, said: “We began renovation works around five months ago and this really an amazing space. It’s in a great location too in the Heritage Quarter among many businesses that have benefitted from help from Blackpool council to transform their store fronts.

“There are now two floors and we knocked one floor through so you can see right up to the attic and up to the skylight. We’re also putting in amazing new big windows.

“The bar area is going to be downstairs and the dining area is going to be upstairs.

“All in in all we can accommodate around 50 covers seated.

“We had a lot of interruptions with Nook and Dirty Blondes due to Covid so it’s been nice to get straight to work and we’re working hard to get everything sorted for around mid December when he can hopefully open.”

View from the top floor of the new Common Bar and Kitchen restaurant on Edward Street, Blackpool
View from the top floor of the new Common Bar and Kitchen restaurant on Edward Street, Blackpool (Image: Common Bar and Kitchen)

The team worked on transforming former sandwich shop The Hideaway at the beginning of the year to create Nook Wine Bar on Cheapside which is the town’s smallest wine bar.

Lockdown also provided an opportunity to make over Dirty Blondes on Back Church Street.

After opening in 2019 and becoming a well known staple for giant pizzas and cocktails, the establishment had several stop and starts due to Covid 19 however overcame and adapted quickly.

The tiki-themed Paradise Coast, which was their second project on the same road, opened in October 2020 is still going strong.

The fourth business, Common Bar and Kitchen, is set to serve South American street food such as tacos, burritos, Cuban sandwiches and much more.

Jake added: “Although we’re serving South American street food, it’s not going to be ‘themed’ as such. We’re aware that some South American-themed bars can go a bit over the top so we’re just going to have subtle undertones.

“It’s just going to be food that borders on fast food but not too cheap but not breaking the bank either.

“Just wholesome but accessible food and great drinks.

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