Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons has lodged plans to open a restaurant on Teesside.
The chain wants to takeover the former Frankie and Benny’s restaurant at Teesside Park, opening a cafe and bake shop with a drive-thru lane and extra car park.
They also want to add cycle spaces, signage, fencing and landscaping.
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Tim Hortons bosses lodged the plans with Stockton Council and applied for a change of use at the site.
They want the restaurant to become a ‘coffee shop and restaurant selling food and drink for consumption on and off the premises’.
What is Tim Hortons?
Tim Hortons, known as “Tims”, is a household name in Canada.
It is well-known for its “premium coffee”, donuts, sandwiches and wraps.
The fast food restaurant is named after late national ice hockey player Tim Hortons who opened the first store in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
By 2000, the chain had opened its 2000th restaurant in downtown Toronto.
The business made it’s way to the UK in 2017 and has now has restaurants in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
On Monday, the first ever Tim Hortons will open in the North East at The Galleries Retail Park in Washington.
They will offer the first 100 lucky customers will be treated to a free breakfast when they open at 7am.
What do they sell?
Chronicle Live took a sneak preview at the new premises in Washington and the menu.
Here’s some snaps from the visit.
An extensive drinks lists offers everything from expresso and iced coffee to milkshakes and fruit coolers.
Among the drinks are “Canada’s Favourites” which includes Maple Hot Chocolate and a French Vanilla Latte.
The menu also contains ‘breakfast meals’, ‘hot buttermilk pancakes’ and ‘fresh donuts’.
Breakfast lovers can get themselves a breakfast wrap, a grilled bagel breakfast sandwich or a sausage and egg muffin.
A Tim Hortons breakfast deal costs £1.99.
It includes a selected sandwich or wrap alongside a hash brown and a hot drink or an orange juice.
Donut flavors range from maple and caramel and caramel apple fritter to strawberry cheesecake and chocolate brownie.
It also offers customers are the company’s famous Timbits – mini donut style cake balls created by the company in 1976.
What happened to Frankie and Benny’s?
Frankie and Benny’s confirmed that its Teesside Park branch would not reopen in May.
The American Italian restaurant operated throughout lockdown for click-and-collects and deliveries only.
But questions were raised last week when one customer who booked a table at the restaurant, ahead of indoor hospitality reopening was told to not turn up.
When asked on Twitter why the Stockton outlet wasn’t listed to book a reservation online, the restaurant replied: “Unfortunately this restaurant is now closed but you’re able to find your nearest restaurant by visiting our website.
“We’re sorry for any disappointment caused and we hope you’re able to pay us a visit soon.”
Frankie and Benny’s Teesside Park had escaped a cull of 125 restaurants last year, when owner The Restaurant Group shut down a sixth of its estate in the midst of the pandemic.
It closed Mexican chain restaurant Chiquito’s at Teesside Park, which has been taken over by burger chain Five Guys.
The new Tim Hortons restaurant in Washington will take over an old Frankie and Benny’s site in the town.
What is Tim Hortons saying?
Kevin Hydes, Tim Hortons Chief Commercial Officer in the UK, said there are more than 4,000 restaurants in Canada and they are starting to build a presence around the world.
He said they now have more than 30 restaurants in the UK.
From the site in Washington, Mr Hydes said: “We’ve got a fantastic breakfast menu, you can come in and enjoy any breakfast meal for £1.99, that includes any main course a hash brown and your choice of beverage, all of our food is specially prepared just for you so come in and try our dark roast coffee, our famous French Vanilla or if you like our cold drinks our iconic Ice Cap.
”We’ve got great donuts, great Timbits which are little donut balls and they are absolutely delicious and the team are ready to serve you and we can’t wait to enjoy having you here with us.”
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