Hundreds of people attended the launch of a new bar and cafe in Harborough.
Mercado Lounge, based in the former Golden Wonder building in Abbey Street, Harborough, launched last night (Thursday, August 29) with a party.
Earlier in the day staff had held a cookie decorating competition for tots from Little Angels Day Nursery.
Three-year-old Elias Searcy won the competition with his colourful cookie.
The contest was judged by the chairman of Harborough District Council Geraldine Robinson.
She said: “I think it is something that has been needed for a long time. It is really, really child friendly and somewhere where parents can bring pushchairs and where parents are made to feel welcome.
“I will certainly be coming here when I come shopping. It is lovely, really nice.”
Loungers, the south west based all day cafe/bar group has invested £500k to transform the prviously empty unit into a cosy but stylish venue.
The firm said Harborough was chosen as a key location due to its diverse demographic and densely populated residential neighbourhood.
Its opening has created a total of 35 jobs.
Alex Marsh, operations manager at Loungers, said: “Market Harborough is the perfect site for our Lounge concept.
“There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part. Harborough residents will be served by the very best - our new team is passionate about hospitality.
“Our excellent pre-opening and ‘on the job’ training programme ensures our staff will be at the top of their game. Training includes guidance from one of Europe’s most acclaimed baristas.”
The menu features everything from authentic tapas, spicy peri-peri chicken breast burger to wild boar and apple sausage and mash and has an ever changing specials board.
There is also a children’s menu.