These are the fast food restaurants Nottingham residents want to find in the city center

They may not be a part of the Nottingham dining experience anymore, but they live in the memory of local residents.

Over 100 people shared their thoughts on Nottinghamshire Live’s Facebook account on fast food restaurants worth bringing back to the city.

People shared their experiences of eating in some of our downtown’s long gone places, one place being mentioned more than anywhere else.

Out of over 140 comments, Wimpy stole the show, with some people even posting photos of their favorite Wimpy meal.

Nottingham’s Wimpy in the former Broadmarsh Shopping Center closed after more than 43 years in the city on Saturday January 5, 2019.

Hundreds of people lined up that day to laugh at one last burger before closing their doors for good, including Lillian Crunkhorn, then 91, from Clifton, who had frequented Nottingham restaurant for over 20 years. year.

Wimpy began life as a chain in the United States in 1934, before moving to the United Kingdom in 1954.

There were over 1,000 Wimpy restaurants, but in the UK the number has slowly shrunk.

The Nottingham restaurant, specializing in burgers, fish and chicken dishes, and fries, was the last remaining Wimpy in the East Midlands.

The Broadmarsh restaurant opened in 1975 and was taken over by Akram Malik, of Bramcote, who had been its franchisee since 1983.

It closed as part of the renovation of the shopping center, which never came to fruition.

When Nottinghamshire Live asked readers – “if you could bring back a burger joint from Nottingham, what would it be?” most readers have mentioned Wimpy.



Owner Akram Malik (center) with staff Nash, Anais, Sian and Morgan inside Wimpy at intu Broadmarsh

Debbie Jane Pritchard said: “Wimpy. When my husband and I courted we always went to knickerbocker glory in Nottingham for the day.”

Jayne Whitelocks added: “Wimpy is definitely the best burger for me.”

The second most mentioned burger restaurant was the Hard Rock Cafe, which was once located on King Street, overlooking the Old Market Square.

In 2002, the Hard Rock Cafe – known the world over for its rare and iconic musical memorabilia inside its bars and restaurants – announced plans to open the company’s fifth location in Britain and Nottingham. was at the top of the list.

Bands like Wet Wet Wet performed there, but the cafe closed after five years and later opened as Brazilian restaurant Tropeiro.



Inside the old Hard Rock Café in Nottingham.
Inside the old Hard Rock Café in Nottingham.

It is now occupied by the chic Alchemist cocktail bar.

Dan Smith said: “Hard Rock Cafe for sure.”

Ali Taylor said, “Hard Rock! I used to like sitting there watching music videos and a few pints after a late shift.

“An incredible building too or non-conformists. They had helium balloons. I remember the lady from Debenhams using a stepladder to gently retrieve mine. “

Jamie Johnson announced, “Bring Hard Rock back downtown. “



Rub Smokehouse & Bar

Other suggestions included Rubs Smokehouse – an American barbecue restaurant that introduced a giant chicken nugget and bottomless crispy buffets at the Lace Market.

It closed without warning.

Robin Hosgood said: “Rubs for definitively. He was placed in the wrong zone so it wasn’t too many people before the close. If not, I hope Wimpy will be back someday.

Ross Pickering said, “The New Orleans restaurant that was before Sonny’s in Hockley. Now I feel old.”

Luke Enderby added: “Last Chance Saloon. £ 6 for a burger and fries on a Friday and it was good.”

Tracey Hutchinson also added, “A hot brick cafe at the top of Hockley. Show my age.”

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