New ‘natural’ fast food restaurant in central Bath

A new ‘naturally fast-food’ restaurant has applied for planning permission to open in central Bath. Leon’s, an award-winning chain, appears to be opening on Stall Street in the unit that used to be Hawkins Bazaar.

The chain has submitted an application to Bath and North East Somerset Council to put an illuminated sign on the front of the unit as well as an internally lit protruding sign on a support arm, and a sign stencil ‘ Naturally Fast Food’ painted on a gold front panel.

The plans, which are pending review, show the façade transformed from the empty Hawkins Bazaar lot into a black and red storefront. The lot has been empty since the gift shop went into administration in 2020.

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Leon is on a mission to make fast food healthy and his menu is inspired by the flavors, variety and natural health of the Mediterranean diet. It started in London in 2004 and now has over 70 restaurants across the UK. Many of their meals are vegetarian or plant-based.

They sell all types of food from breakfast to lunch and dinner. Breakfast items include poached eggs, blackberry, apple and ginger porridge, sourdough muffins with options such as vegan sausage, meat sausage or avocado and halloumi.

Other dishes include “hot boxes” featuring chicken satay, daily vegan dhal and chicken aioli. They also do a selection of burgers, including Korean chicken, grilled chicken, and vegan burger, as well as wraps and loaded fries.

Blackburn billionaire brothers Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa, owners of supermarket giant Asda, bought the fast food chain in April 2021 in a deal worth over £100million.

Leon was approached for comment.

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