Italian restaurant giant Prezzo is planning to open a new eaterie in Grantham creating 20 jobs.
The popular chain is looking to convert two empty units in St Peter’s Hill into a smart restaurant with a glazed and metal frontage spanning both former stores.
Plans for the restaurant, which will be able to cater for about 100 diners, have been submitted to South Kesteven District Council.
The units, which were once occupied by Santander bank and the Scope charity and are next to Costa coffee, have been empty for some time and appear shabby.
If plans for a change of use for the units are approved, the Prezzo restaurant will be open from noon to 11.30pm seven days a week.
The applications states that a new Prezzo will create 20 full-time jobs.
A spokesman for Prezzo said: “Our new shop frront will remove poorly designed, cluttered shops fronts at numbers 34 and 35.
“A new Prezzo restaurant will contribute to the vitality and viability of the shopping frontage in Grantham town centre.
He added: “Unlike some other more formal restaurants, Prezzo provides for a range of diners.
“This creates a high degree of pedestrian flows, including customers consuming a full meal through to those going out for a casual drink.
“Prezzo customers will be spread throughout the day.
“This not only encourages pedestrian movements in the area, but promotes linked-trips with other uses in Grantham town centre.
“The inclusion of Prezzo in the town centre will also increase consumer choice and diversity in this location.
“Prezzo would be an asset to the evening economy of Grantham town centre, especially give its proximity to the Guildhall Arts Centre.”