Big drive-thru plans for shut down Frankie and Benny’s restaurant
Written by Rother Radio News on 09/11/2020
A Frankie and Benny’s restaurant which fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic in Barnsley could be reopened as a twin outlet to provide food and drink without risking customer contact.
According to plans for the site, off Doncaster Road at Stairfoot, the building would be converted to provide a drive-thru branch of Starbucks with an adjacent hub created for home deliveries of Domino’s pizza.
Under current lockdown rules, both would be able to open to serve customers on a take-away basis, meaning the businesses could be insulated from the prospect of any future repeat of the restrictions.
A drive-thru lane was installed on the site more than 20 years ago and would be re-instated under the plan, with a new single story hub for the delivery service also constructed.
The drive-through lane was used when the building operated as a Little Chef, which occupied the site before Frankie and Benny’s.
Planning documents submitted to Barnsley Council state: “The new coffee shop with a drive-thru facility will provide a local facility and serve passing trade on the A roads.
“The new pod is intended to serve as a dispatch point for customers’ telephone and internet orders.
“The delivery hub its not expected to be mainly used by visiting members of the public but is predominantly for delivery drivers and therefore the area features dedicated parking areas for delivery vehicles, cars and powered two wheelers.”
A decision on whether to allow the changes will be made later.