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Two restaurants to open in Bury St Edmunds creating 60 jobs




A restaurateur is to open two eateries in Bury St Edmunds creating about 60 jobs as he expands his empire.

Chris Sharman hopes to welcome customers by November to Dough & Co Woodfired Pizza, at the former Patisserie Valerie, in Abbeygate Street, and Burger Amour, which is due to occupy the former ASK Italian, in Parkway.

The 28-year-old entrepreneur, who was born in Bury, started his culinary career as a pot washer aged 13, became a head chef and will have 11 restaurants by the end of this year.

Chris Sharman outside his Dough & Co restaurant in Bishop's Stortford. Picture by Vikki Lince
Chris Sharman outside his Dough & Co restaurant in Bishop's Stortford. Picture by Vikki Lince

His first was a Dough & Co in Sudbury which launched in 2018 as part of a five year vision to have 50 self funded restaurants.

Chris said: “I’ve wanted to open one in Bury for the longest time. There’s three other Dough & Co restaurants and they’re all in really nice old buildings that have some history to them. The reason Patisserie Valerie is particularly good, apart from being in Abbeygate Street, is the fact there’s an old chimney so we’re able to use that.

“Bury is a beautiful, vibrant town that really suits our brand.”

Dough & Co in Bishop's Stortford. Picture by Vikki Lince
Dough & Co in Bishop's Stortford. Picture by Vikki Lince

Dough & Co also has outlets in Colchester and Bishop’s Stortford with a branch due to open in Halstead next month. Burger Amour is based in Colchester and Bishop’s Stortford.

For the full story, see next Friday's Bury Free Press newspaper.

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