A restaurant selling £150 golden steaks is locked in a battle with neighbours over plans to more than double capacity.
The owners of Beefalo Meat House in Bolton have submitted proposals to convert the first floor and extend the maximum number of diners from 90 to 225. However, 113 residents have lodged objections to the move citing health and safety concerns, noise at night and parking issues.
One local claimed it will lead to an increase in both traffic and ‘risk of serious accident during school hours’. Another argued the expansion will have a knock on effect on parking for other businesses in Blackburn Road and St Paul’s Church.
Beefalo offers a ‘golden burger’ for £45 and gold leaf covered steaks for £150. The swanky restaurant opened last year opposite Asda and is run by chef Yuce, who launched Macello Meathouse and Kassap Meathouse in Liverpool.
The Bolton outlet’s website states: “They have attracted many celebrities and become a regular spot for many Liverpool FC players. Now, chef Yuce is bringing his famous steak dishes with his own technique to Bolton, with a new brand, Beefalo Meat House.” Recent social media posts also showed the French rugby league national team enjoying a meal there.
As well as an array of steak, burgers, seafood and vegetarian dishes, the resturant’s menu features a ‘golden cuts’ section where ‘all golden steaks come ’24k gold leaf covered’.
Prices in that section are £150 for a one kilo golden fillet, the same price for a tomahawk steak and £45 for a ‘golden burger’. Standard steaks range from £20 to £120.
Documents to be put before members of Bolton’s planning committee on Thursday state the restaurant plans the ‘conversion of the first floor to accommodate the additional seating’.
At a committee meeting in April, members deferred the application to allow the applicant to provide an up-to-date parking statement.
The report said: “Despite this request the applicant has not provided this additional information and has requested that the application be determined based on the information available in the current application.”
Planning officers at the council have recommended that members approve the application.