A taste of America opens in town

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 June 2014

Chef Ben Long, Francesca Fowell and Paul Brown with an all American favourite.

Chef Ben Long, Francesca Fowell and Paul Brown with an all American favourite.


THE Statue of Liberty has become a new fixture on Weston’s skyline following the opening of an American-style diner.

Brown’s Stateside Diner, based in Alexandra Parade, has been opened by Paul Brown alongside his friend Francesa Fowell, who is managing it.

The new eatery occupies the premises which was formerly home to troubled bar Hot Shots, but has undergone an extensive refurbishment.

Paul told the Mercury he had wanted to make the new business completely different to what had gone before.

He said: “It was just by pure chance I came across the freehold for the former Hot Shots premises available at auction.

“I didn’t think we’d get it, but we got it for a good deal in the end.

“When I did get it, I felt it had to be something totally different and fresh, and far away from what it was before to make it successful.

“So it’s a really warm and inviting interior, where it was really dark before.”

Paul said he has travelled around the country to find unique pieces to put inside the restaurant, including the Statue of Liberty on the roof.

The diner sells gourmet burgers alongside an assortment of desserts and ice-creams, plus a Sunday carvery.

It will also be selling all-day breakfasts, where people can choose how many different types of food they would like on their plate.

Manager Francesa said: “It’s something completely different for Weston. It’s really unique.”

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