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ONE of Harrogate’s most iconic buildings will reopen later this month as a two-storey restaurant.

The old Empire Theatre, which was home to the Pinocchio’s eatery, has been completely redeveloped and will be renamed Cardamom Black.

It is rumoured to specialise in Indian cuisine, and would join several other Indian restaurants already operating in the Cheltenham Crescent area.

Speaking to the Advertiser this week, Cardamom Black managing director Nick Rahman confirmed it will open at the end of November after months of hard work.

Despite the bleak economic climate, Harrogate’s restaurant trade continues to flourish.

Italian restaurant chain Zizzi’s has already started work renovating the vacant Harlow Gata property. Meanwhile new bistro Signature’s in Kings Road will open tonight under Andrew Hargrave.

The surge in interest has been welcomed by business leaders.

Sandra Doherty, of Harrogate’s Chamber of Trade said: “Any new business coming to Harrogate is welcome because the variety keeps the town alive. Something new for residents, conference visitors and tourists is really welcome, and it makes the town look so much better when all the premises are full.”

However some traders are preparing themselves for a tough few months.

For more on this story, see this week’s Advertiser, where there is also a review of the latest new restaurant to open its doors, Alfie’s Place.