New name for Miller Arcade restaurant confirmed

Mark O’ Rourke outside his soon to be branded Bath House Bistro in the Miller Arcade, Preston

The Preston-based restaurant entrepreneur has invited Lancashire residents to submit ideas for the name of his new restaurant – the winner of the competition and the name of the new restaurant have now been revealed.


Mark O’ Rourke made the call in March, as the new restaurant at Miller Arcade will open in late June.

Over 550 people responded with a range of ideas, the most popular being related to the arcade’s colorful story and characters, with several suggestions related to architect Edwin Bush or Nathaniel Miller, the investor who built the Miller Arcade which was Preston’s first indoor store. center.

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However, after careful consideration, the name chosen by Mark O’Rourke and his team is Bath House Bistro, a nod to the popular Turkish bath that was once located in the basement of the arcade.

Mark O’Rourke, commenting on the decision said: ‘The Bath House idea stood out from the rest because it was a little quirky and unexpected. We’re really excited about the name, which is sure to spark interest and conversations with our future customers.

“The aim of the Turkish Baths was to bring people together, for well-being and relaxation and that is our hope for Bath House Bistro. The restaurant will merge the historic with the contemporary, in a British bistro offering a reliable indulgent experience .

“We are now excited to work on the logo and put the finishing touches on the restaurant, which should be open by the end of June.”

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The reference to a “bath house” was in the suggestions of five people who walked in. The five suggestions were then ‘put in the hat’ and the lucky winner, drawn, was Luke Unsworth from Fulwood who will be able to dine out, once a month for a year, at the restaurant he helped set up. appoint.

In his suggestion, Luke explained his name choice by saying “A bath house is a place to pamper body and soul while meeting old and new friends.”

The four people who also submitted Turkish bath-related names will each receive a £100 finalist voucher which they can use at the Bath House Bistro.

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