New café is icing on the cake for development

A new café is to open in Blackburn’s £30 million Cathedral Quarter development.

The coffee shop and dessert bar called BB1 Central will be opposite the railway station and sell  a selection of Gelato Ice creams waffles, crepes and other sweet treats.

Local entrepreneur Ms Nighat Anwar is behind the new venture and already has one other business in the town as well as opening a new Subway in the Railway Station. “This is a very exciting opportunity and I have shown a keen interest in this location at a very early stage as I believe Blackburn Town Centre craves an all exclusive Ice-cream and Dessert Cafe. I hope to open early Summer and look forward to welcoming commuters and local’s to the venue. The cafe will cater for a variety of dietary requirement including sugar free and gluten free options.”

It is hoped that the café due to open in early summer will be popular with commuters and staff who are based in the new office complex because of its convenient location.

The café is the first retail unit to be established at the new development which will boast 3 other restaurants when it is completed.

The development includes the newly opened Premier Inn hotel, a public square, landscaped gardens, and new offices.

It also includes Clergy Court, the Cathedral’s residential development, which will bring the Clergy and staff to live on site along with a refectory, library and office accommodation.

This scheme will be the first new residential development within a Cathedral precinct since the 16th Century.

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