A RESTAURANT in Chelmsford is reopening as a whole new business.

Bridge Street Bar and Grill in Writtle, which specialised in British cuisine, is about to become a high-end Indian restaurant.

It will be called Pakwaan at Bridge Street and will focus on offering a wide variety of Punjabi dishes.

Punjabi cuisine is one of the most popular types of Indian cooking and is known for its spicy and buttery flavours, with a wide selection of both meat and vegetarian dishes.

Examples of Punjabi cuisine include butter chicken, masala channa, paneer tikka and chole bhature.

The owner of Bridge Street, Piotr Ulewicz has joined forces with fellow director Rajesh Chouhan, who owned the famous Pakwaan Pujnabi restaurant in Ilford for 25 years.

Mr Chouhan moved to Writtle three years ago and fell in love with Bridge Street and he and Mr Ulewicz are now friends and business partners.

The pair decided to change the cuisine of the restaurant as serving British cuisine at Bridge Street worked well at the weekends, it didn’t attract enough customers in the week.

Together they want to make Pakwaan “the best restaurant in Essex”.

Mr Chouhan has brought in some top chefs from Michelin starred restaurants in London to run the kitchen, including a new executive chef, a head chef and sous chefs.

Seven chefs are working together to create a Punjabi menu for the restaurant’s relaunch today, February 7.

There will be a grand opening for invited guests including the mayor of Chelmsford, and it will then be open to the public from Friday, February 8.

Although the focus is on quality, high-end Punjabi food.