A new restaurant serving up traditional Turkish kebab dishes has officially opened.

The Kobeda Palace is based on the corner of Richmond Terrace, Blackburn on the site of a former bar and steak house.

The interior has been given a major makeover and features a black velvet and gold theme complete with chandeliers and a stunning water feature on the wall. 

The 70-seater eatery will create up to 12 full and part-time jobs for the town.

Osman Bozo has opened the restaurant alongside his brothers and said the family were keen to bring something different to the town of Blackburn and surrounding areas.

Osman said: “It has been wonderful to be finally opening - everyone has been working hard.

“The interior of the building was just a blank canvas when we took over so we decided to put our own stamp on it.

“All the seat designs, flooring and wall branding is all original and we are delighted with the way it looks.”

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Osman worked for eight years at the legendary Rusholme Chippy on Wilmslow Road which was renowned across the region for serving up the traditional Kobeda kebab.

The menu is a mix of traditional Turkish favourites to slow cooked steaks, smokey briskets, short ribs and lamb shanks.

Osman said: “We do some dishes that nobody else in the area cooks in this way. Like the lamb shanks and the lamb shoulders which are slow cooked to perfection.

“We also do the Mansaf Lamb and Kouzy Lamb which are exclusive to us.”

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In Blackburn only handful of establishments serve up the traditional Kobeda.

Osman added: “People will also find our prices to be really reasonable as we wanted to serve up high end foods at a great price.

“We have some larger dishes that people can share like the platters but we have something to suit all type of groups.

“We are presently only doing eat in and pick-ups. 

“We had a soft launch and wanted to ease ourselves in and hopefully word will get around at the quality of dishes we have on offer.

“Anyone who has opened a restaurant will know it is not easy and we want to make sure each and every customer it taken care of.”

The restaurant also had an extensive dessert and mocktail menu.

As well a complete makeover in the main restaurant a private room has opened with its own entrance for families and small parties.

“This was something that will be really good for those families who want to sit privately and separately,” added Osman.

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The most recent opening means the area on King William Street has been completely redeveloped thanks to investment from private businesses and new ventures.

Buildings and businesses which were once closed have seen a new lease of life.

Around the corner both the Saffron Street restaurant and Toro’s Steakhouse launched in the spring. Those followed earlier major redevelopments including at the site of the former Bank of Scotland where Caffee Impresso opened.

On Northgate the new Akbar’s is set to open and the Sofra Turkish Cuisine Restaurant is based within a renovated former pub.