The Parthenon Greek restaurant run by East Lancashire Deaf Society in Blackburn is now open to the public.
Before the opening last week, a VIP launch event took place and Mayor Councillor Colin Rigby of Blackburn with Darwen cut the ribbon to declare it officially open.
The ceremony was blessed by Reverend Priest Father Dimitrios of the Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester who said a prayer and carried out a religious ritual before the opening. A minute silence was also held to remember all of those who were affected by the Manchester bombing.
Guests were encouraged to take part in a traditional Greek dance known as the ‘Zorba’ before a buffet of sample foods from the restaurant was served.
The Parthenon will serve Mediterranean food and has an authentic Greek chef who has flown in from Athens. It will also provide live music and entertainment on the three nights. It will be open from Thursday to Saturday at 6pm until 11pm. It has created around 10 new jobs at the charity and has a diverse range of staff both deaf and hearing people.
Doug Alker, Chair of ELDS said: “We are delighted to open this new restaurant in the town as it will contribute to the growth of Blackburn’s nightlife.
We are also providing opportunities for young deaf people from across Lancashire and will continue to provide them with support and the help that they need.”
The menu offers a wide range of seafood options as well as hot meze’s, oriental dishes and exciting Greek desserts. Reservations can be made by calling 01254 296096 to book a table.
The Parthenon is located on 33 Kings Street at Kings Court but has not replaced the Courthouse Restaurant which is still open from 8am to 4pm for business. All profits will support the work of the charity.