Empty Edinburgh city centre salon to be turned into new 'smash burger' joint

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An empty Edinburgh hair salon is to be turned into a new burger and steak joint after plans were granted by the council.

Following a change of use application validated in January, the council has now approved proposals to turn the former Formo salon, on Home Street, into a new fast food business.

Chilo's Burgers, based in Glasgow, will be operating the unit in what will be their first Edinburgh location. According to a planning statement, the Scottish-owned brand specialises in "smash burger" cuisine.

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Details of the shopfront elevations also reveal Chilo's will be adverting the sale of steaks and desserts after striking up a following in the west of Scotland. The owners have proposed opening times of 11am-11pm and look to target a "broad customer base."

The planning statement continues: "Planning Services UK proposes establishing a branch of the "Smash Burger" franchise Chilo's at 57 Home Street, a concept known for its unique approach to classic burgers. The franchise has expanded, with a flagship store in Glasgow and a recent opening in Uddingston.

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"It plans to open in Greenock, Cumbernauld, and Stirling, as well as this location in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh branch, targeting an 11am to 11pm operation, aims to cater to a diverse clientele, particularly students from the nearby Napier University's Merchiston Campus.

"The campus's extensive facilities and large student population align with the franchise's operational hours. "Chilo's" intends to provide a dynamic dining experience, contributing to Edinburgh's food culture and local economy. The franchise's strategic location and unique offerings are expected to make it a culinary landmark."

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