An Anne Furbank fashion store on Newmarket’s High Street is being turned into an Italian-style restaurant.
Planning permission has been approved by the Forest Heath District Council for the conversion of the grade II listed building, which will require major work to add air conditioning and ventilation for the restaurant.
Wildwood, a chain of Italian restaurants with branches across London, East Anglia and the South East, says it aims to maintain and improve the historic fabric of the building as part of its conversion.
The site of the outlet has a chequered history, according to local newspaper Newmarket Journal, which describes how it was once occupied by the town hall. In 1907 the building was being used as a temporary cinema when it caught fire, killing two women and a teenage girl.
Details of the tendering process for the Wildwood kitchen have not yet been released.