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What’s next for former Gourmet Burger Kitchen on Park Street

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A high class dress shop and an independent music and book store are some of the suggestions of what should replace a restaurant on Park Street.

A property formerly home to Gourmet Burger Kitchen in the prime central location is up for sale for £1.1m.

The former restaurant along Park Street is located opposite a number of business including Moss Bros, Starbucks and Blackwells Books, inside a Grade II listed building.

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And our readers have now said what kind of business they would like to see open up there.

Alex Rastaper said: “An independent music/book/art shop.”

Jon Lyons said: “Not a cheap takeaway. A high class dress shop.”

Spear Jo, on the other hand, would like to see a hospitality business opening, saying: “A place that caters for all from vegan to carnivores and a mummy nook somewhere mum’s can breastfeed without being looked at as freaks.”

After its Park Street branch closed, Gourmet Burger Kitchen now has two branches in Bristol, in Cribbs Causeway and Cabot Circus.

The branch closed at the end of 2018 after the burger chain announced it was restructuring.

The building is opposite Vincenzo’s Pizza House, whose owners are being threatened with eviction after 52 years.

The owners lost their appeal against developers last month, but have said they will continue to fight the decision.

The restaurant was opened in 1970 by their Sicilian parents Vincenzo and Teresa, but the building’s owners, Urbina, have submitted plans to create 16 student flats in its place, which would force the popular family-run Italian restaurant to close.

The Ricci family appealed against the planning decision but the judge has now approved the development.

City mayor Marvin Rees announced plans to close Park Street to cars in his annual State of the City address in October last year.

The proposals would be one of the measures to be introduced to encourage more sustainable travel, but the mayor predicted a mixed reaction and compared it to the controversy around Colston’s statue.

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