Wildwood sets its sights on city centre

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AFTER months of speculation, a new restaurant chain has confirmed it is coming to Chichester.

A year ago, the Observer reported Wildwood’s attempt to gain a foothold in South Street after applying for planning permission at two different empty outlets on the road – one at 51a and a second at 31-33 South Street.

However, it appears the Grade-II-listed building vacated by Cafe Rouge has proven to be its favourite choice.

Wildwood has succeeded in having a planning application for internal alterations to the building accepted.

When the Observer called the firm’s head office in London this week, it confirmed it would be pushing on with its Chichester plans, but could not say exactly when it would be open, only that it would be within the next few months.

According to its website, the business said: “Our aim is simple: to serve great food delivered by friendly staff in a relaxed, homely environment.”

It specialises in grills, stonebaked pizzas and pastas.

The restaurant is hoped to provide up to 40 jobs when it is up and running.

As more cafes and restaurants continue coming to South Street, another application is currently in to open a Thai restaurant in the popular foodie road.

The Giggling Squid, if opened, would be next to Ladbrokes, taking over the building vacated by clothes shop Rowlands of Bath, at 57-58 South Street.

The building currently has permission for a retail space on the ground floor, office and storage on the first floor with living accommodation on the second floor.

However, if a planning application to Chichester District Council gets approval, the restaurant would open on the ground floor, with staff accommodation on the floors above it.

The Giggling Squid appears to be going from strength to strength if its bid for Chichester proves successful, with restaurants already in Brighton, Crawley, Horsham, Hove and Henley.