Restaurant that has stood empty for 10 years to become part of Scunthorpe pub

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Aug 2017

After 10 years standing idle, the Buccaneer Restaurant – on Scunthorpe’s Oswald Road – is set to rise from the deep.

The 56-year-old building – once the in-place for Scunthorpe mods and scooter boys – will form part of an expansion scheme for the nearby Blue Bell Inn.

At first the Bell owners at J.D. Wetherspoon announced only two of the three adjoining properties had been acquired following eight months of negotiatations.

But at the 11th hour the company has also added The Buccaneer to the expansion portfolio to create Scunthorpe’s biggest ever pub.

Building plans have yet to be submitted to the local authority,

It is understood the changes to the pub, which was opened in 1999 at cost of £1.1 million, could see the kitchens and toilets relocated from the ground floor to the first floor of the new enlarged building.

However, some of Bell regulars fear the building work could see them miss out on cheap grub and booze.

On September 20, Wetherspoons will cut prices by 7½ per cent.

The bargain day is intended as a protest over the present 20 pet cent value added tax charge on alcohol.

Company chairman Tim Martin believes a cut in VAT will generate growth and jobs in beleagured high streets like Scunthorpe and has urged other pub and restaurant owners to join in the protest.

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