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MARCUS Lane, boss of Rafters restaurant, Nether Green, has taken on old pal, Gareth Ducker, as head chef.

Gareth last worked there several years ago on his return from Canada and was previously sous chef at Maiyango in Leicester.

“I want to develop the business so I’m taking a step back. But I won’t be coming out of the kitchen completely,” says Marcus, who from June is opening Rafters nightly. It had inherited a tradition for closing on Tuesdays from previous owners, keen Blades fans the Bosworth brothers, who preferred to spend Tuesday nights at Bramall Lane.

TOTLEY bistro Masterchef is spreading its wings and putting on a food and music night at the Heatherfield Conservative Club next door on Baslow Road.

The Saturday May 19 8pm event, featuring Paul Simon songs performed by Gary Stewart and bistro specialities, is ticket only (£12.50 from either venue).

NEW broom and all that. Antony Haywood, new general manager at Rowley’s Restaurant in Baslow, has decided to open the venue daily from 10am for Fairtrade coffee from Arden in Chesterfield and home-baked biscuits. A customer loyalty card has also been introduced.

LA Vaca, a South American steak house, is due to open at what was formerly Buon Deli on Glossop Road, Broomhill, Sheffield.

TO celebrate it’s first birthday, The Schoolrooms bistro at Low Bradfield is giving diners who sign up to its website a 25 per cent discount voucher on Friday and Saturday night food bills in May.