'Exciting new operator' set to take over restaurant site at Crystal Peaks as drive-through plans are withdrawn

An ‘exciting new operator’ is set to take over a former restaurant at Crystal Peaks, where plans for a drive-through have been withdrawn.

By Robert Cumber
Friday, 28th May 2021, 7:12 am

An application had been submitted to convert the old Aagrah restaurant at the northern edge of the shopping centre to create three new ‘flexible commercial units’ and to build a new two-storey drive-through restaurant.

The application did not state who the occupiers might be, but Burger King branding featured in the drawings, suggesting the fast food giant was lining up a move.

However, an email was last week sent to Sheffield Council to say the applicant, Graham Albany Courtyard Investments Ltd, had withdrawn its application for the site, at the junction of Waterthorpe Greenway and Eckington Way.

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The former Aagrah restaurant at Crystal Peaks, Sheffield, where there were plans to create a new drive-through restaurant (pic: Google)

Crystal Peaks centre manager Lee Greenwood said: “Crystal Peaks has recently completed a new lease to an exciting new operator for the whole of the Aagrah restaurant site, which means that the planning application submitted to Sheffield Council is no longer needed.

“An announcement regarding the new operator will be coming soon.

“This is the latest in a string of new retail openings for the centre, which includes the opening of Shhhh Expresso, Tino's, Blue Inc and Leading Labels as well as the upsizing of Shoezone to a larger store.

“Visitors will also be aware that work is currently underway on the conversion of the former Toys 'r' Us store in the East Mall into four new units and an upstairs space for a gym or similar business.

“Two of those units have been taken even before work is complete, with two more at an advance stage and again, an announcement will be made soon.”