Bid to convert ex-casino site

PLANS to convert the site of a former casino next to Scarborough’s Grand Hotel into an Italian restaurant are set to be brought back before councillors.

The bid to change the use of the ex-Grosvenor Casino in St Nicholas Cliff was made by restaurateur Salvatore Gallicchio.

The scheme was given the go-ahead by Scarborough Council’s planning committee 12 months ago but Mr Gallicchio is now applying to make further alterations to the building as part of its conversion into a restaurant.

Jill Low, the authority’s planning manager, said at the time: “The proposed works include the provision of new toilets and an improved kitchen, created on new floors that are to be constructed within the existing void of the former kitchens and storage area beneath the hotel.

“Your officers consider that this proposal seeks to sympathetically restore this element of the Grade II listed building and bring back into economic use an important heritage asset in accordance with both national and local planning policies.”

It was also backed by Scarborough Civic Society, whose chairman Adrian Perry said: “This proposal is most welcome as the former casino has been an eyesore in this area for some time.”

Formerly known as The Continental Casino Club, the business operated next door to the Grand Hotel.

It was renamed the Grosvenor Casino in 1996 following a £70,000 refit but closed in 2006 and has remained empty ever since.

Mr Gallicchio moved to the Scarborough area more than 30 years ago. He came to the region from Calabria in southern Italy in October 1979 to live with his cousin. He began working as a waiter and pizza chef at Tricolos in Newborough.

He returned to Italy to marry his childhood sweetheart Rosella in 1986 and brought her back to england, finally settling in Filey in 1993 and taking over the Bella Italia restaurant in Mitford Street, Filey.