THE OWNERS of a popular Chester pancake restaurant have said that their new venue, serving southern Indian cuisine, will open soon.

Hanky Panky Pancakes on Commonhall Street closed at the beginning of January after ten years in the city centre and the restaurant is due to reopen imminently, as Dabba.

Regular visitors may be less surprised by the departure, with the owners regularly incorporating Indian flavours into their menu and hosting curry club events previously.

The new restaurant will be open five days a week, from Thursday until Monday and promises “South Indian comfort food for breakfast, brunch and lunch.”

In a message on social media explaining the change to Dabba, owners Stephen and Rekha Fowler (referred to as Mr and Mrs HP) said: “South Indian cuisine brings an amazing palette of flavour, with which to create. A wealth of recipes to explore and concoct. Think aromatic dhals, crispy dosa, homemade chutneys and masala chai.

“We are very excited for the future, and we would love you to join us.”

The new business is currently seeking a food server and an assistant chef.

An official opening date has not yet been announced, however Dabba is expected to open this spring.