Global fast food chain’s plan to turn Teesside Park eatery into its next UK restaurant

A global fast food chain has lodged plans to turn a Teesside Park eatery into its next UK restaurant.

Canadian group Tim Hortons wants to open a cafe and bake shop with a drive-thru lane at the former Frankie and Benny’s.

The 57-year-old chain is a household name in its native country for its “premium coffee”, donuts, sandwiches and wraps.

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Frankie and Benny’s confirmed its Teesside Park branch would not reopen in May, despite operating throughout lockdown for click-and-collects and deliveries.

Now Tim Hortons has applied to Stockton Council for a change of use at the site, from restaurant to ‘coffee shop and restaurant selling food and drink for consumption on and off the premises’.

Frankie and Benny's at Teesside Shopping Park
Frankie and Benny’s could become Canadian coffee shop drive-thru

The chain wants to add a drive-thru lane, extra car park and cycle spaces, signage, fencing and landscaping.

It comes as fast-growing burger brand Five Guys is putting the finishing touches to its first UK drive-thru restaurant, at the former Chiquitos nearby.

Five Guys has not confirmed an opening date yet but it’s expected to be late summer.

It's a household name in Canada
It’s a household name in Canada

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.

Tim Hortons is understood to be taking over more of the struggling brand’s former premises around the UK.

The chain already has branches across the UK including Manchester and Scotland and is about to open in Washington, after taking over the old Frankie and Benny’s site in the town.

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