Cafe in the picture to fill empty shop in Grantham

Current vacant site on Westgate.
Current vacant site on Westgate.
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A new cafe could be coming to Westgate as a husband and wife plan to open a second branch of their successful business.

Three years ago Paul and Julia Williams started The Picture Cafe in Bingham (pictured below), and having seen it go from strength to strength they are now looking to open another premises.

The Picture Cafe in Bingham.

The Picture Cafe in Bingham.

Now the couple, from Redmile, have submitted a planning application to convert the vacant Grade II listed retail premises on 77 Westgate into a cafe.

Julia said: “Grantham seemed like the right place. More people are starting to come back into the centre to eat out and this is a main thoroughfare with quite a lot of footfall.”

As with their current cafe, they plan to serve a range of sandwiches, cakes and popular hot meals all made in house with local produce.

If approved they would initially be open during the day, but also hope to offer evening dining as they do in Bingham.

They also want to replicate their existing cafe’s mix of vintage and contemporary decor, complete with photographs taken by Paul himself, which was the inspiration for the name of their business.

Paul states: “We will provide both full and part-time employment within the local area and we pride ourselves in sourcing our produce and services from local and often independent companies such as ours. We are confident that a Picture Cafe business in Grantham will not only be a success, but it will have a direct effect on the local economy; helping towards the re-generation of Westgate.”