Plans to spice up former Italian

Exclusive. A well-established Wilmslow restaurant will be relocating after the owners purchase a town centre property which has been empty for over a year.

Steven and May Wakefield are excited to be relocating the Chilli Banana Thai Restaurant to new premises on Water Lane, having bought the building previously occupied by Felicini.

Steven and May have exchanged contracts and will complete the purchase next week. They then plan to start work on refurbishing the restaurant immediately and hope to be in their new premises mid to late November.

Steven said "We have had a great 16+ years at the King's Arms where we have firmly established ourselves as the area's leading Thai restaurant and takeaway.

"This superb location and premises will give us the opportunity to push the business forward in our own way, with fresh, smart and stylish new premises."

May and her team of chefs will operate from a state of the art theatre kitchen whilst Steve will oversee service for 120 diners split over the ground and first floor, with the first floor being available for private parties.

In the meantime Steve says it is business as usual at the King's Arms during the refit, and then hopefully a seamless move to the new premises.

Chilli Banana, Felicinis, Restaurants, Water Lane


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Amy Allen
Thursday 5th September 2013 at 5:43 pm
Great that more restaurants are coming to the town centre, Margarita Lounge, Phanthong Thai and now Chilli Banana, it's what Wilmslow needs. However, let's not forget about the delicious Phanthong Thai as the competition amongst Thai restaurants is hotting up!! Would not be good to see another unit open just for another to shuts it's doors. Nothing wrong with healthy competition though!
Heidi Sumner
Tuesday 10th September 2013 at 12:20 pm
Steve, May and their fantastic chefs, and wonderful service staff, have been dishing up delicious and superb quality Thai food to the people of Wilmslow, Alderley and surrounding areas for many, many years. Indeed, since they were pioneers of the provision of Thai food to residents in Alderley Edge when they took over the function rooms of the "late" Royal Oak pub on Heyes Lane. I remember going for a superb meal within a couple of weeks of them bravely opening their restaurant above the pub and they deserve all the success they have had since then. They are far from newcomers! Competition is always good for business. Great news for them and many thanks to you both for bringing an empty property back to life! Can't wait to make my first booking in the new premises.!
Stuart Kinsey
Tuesday 10th September 2013 at 3:54 pm
I agree with Heidi; great to hear news of an empty (retail) property being brought back to life. Good luck & best wishes to Steven & May ... and their team.
Joanne Jones
Friday 1st November 2013 at 11:23 pm
Good luck to Chilli Banana in their new premises.
Watching for new and exciting developments over the next couple of weeks at their old spot at The King's Arms!!!