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Thetford's Riverside set to welcome two new restaurants




Visitors to the Thetford Riverside leisure complex will soon be able to enjoy a fresh taste of Italy, as not one but two new restaurants prepare to open.

The leisure complex, which is owned and managed by Breckland Council, will see Dough and Co serve up freshly baked pizzas from its wood-fire ovens. Meanwhile, another restaurant, Burger Amour, will offer delicious gourmet burgers from its grill.

The restaurants are both expected to open in the spring and are owned by Chris Sharman, who gained experience working as a chef in Michelin Star restaurants.

Chris Sharman, Chief Executive of Dough and Co. (45892749)
Chris Sharman, Chief Executive of Dough and Co. (45892749)

He said: “Our ethos is to do it well but keep it simple and I can not wait to share that with people in Thetford. We source our pizza ingredients direct from Italy and our burgers are all grilled to order, so we can offer an authentic taste in a really relaxed atmosphere.

"Being alongside the river is a fantastic dining location and I can’t wait to throw open the doors and welcome in our first customers."

Mr Sharman first started his pizza business from a converted horse box in 2015, but has since opened seven restaurants, including in Colchester and Bury St Edmunds, with six more preparing to open its doors.

Cllr Paul Hewett, executive member for contracts and assets, said: "It is fantastic news that Thetford Riverside will soon host two brand new restaurants.

"With the easing of coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks and months, it will be a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to the town to catch up with friends and family over a delicious meal.”

The new pizza and burger restaurants will share the space at the leisure complex currently occupied by Burger Brats, which closed during lockdown. The owners have since decided not to reopen, instead focussing on their outlets in Suffolk and Essex.

There is currently one vacant unit at Thetford Riverside, however the council is in advanced discussions with a prospective tenant and hopes to announce its occupancy in the coming weeks.

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