Frankie & Benny’s is part of revival recipe

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Regeneration plans for Hemel Hempstead’s dilapidated Leisure World look set to finally get under way with popular restaurant chain Frankie and Benny’s poised to move in.

The American Italian 1950s style brand – part of the Restaurant Group – is the first to confirm that it is coming to the town’s half-empty leisure plaza.

As well as Frankie and Benny’s, the group’s portfolio includes Chiquito and Garfunkels.

The firm is advertising the posts of general and deputy manager for the new restaurant, with application deadlines set for later this month.

A spokesman for the company said it will employ 30 to 40 new staff and the Jarman Park venue is expected to open just before Christmas or shortly afterwards.

Leisure World’s Lava and Ignite clubs were closed in 2011 because the venues were losing money, while party bar JJs and Hotshots bowling alley also shut

Early last year, Dacorum Borough Council agreed £4 million plans for eight new restaurants at the venue under revamp plans that also included a new frontage, cinema, bowling alley, ice rink, play area and gym.