The transformation of a run-down Sudbury building into a new independent restaurant has been greeted with a positive response.
Blaze Grill, which has opened in Station Road, specialises in serving locally-produced food, from steaks and burgers to scallops and salads.
A project to renovate the building, which was formerly Hitchcock’s restaurant, was mounted earlier this year and completed three weeks ago.
“We chose a prominent building which was practically derelict as we wanted to give it a new lease of life,” said Stuart Squires, who lives in Sudbury and was the designer and project manager of the eatery.
“It is something different for the town.”
The restaurant employes two chefs, eight waitresses and three kitchen assistants – all of whom come from the local area.
“We wanted to promote local jobs and that is what we have done,” said restaurant manager Duncan Game, who previously ran the Brewery Tap.
“We have had a really good reaction since opening and people have been enjoying the atmosphere and food, and the staff have been highly complimented.”
The restaurant is split over two floors to create a relaxed and contemporary feel.
“It is a fantastic building and we think the food does it justice,” said Mr Game, 42.