A vegan fast food joint could be swapping a city shopping centre's food court for a more high-profile spot close to its cinema.

Hank's Dirty is hoping to leave Castle Quarter's food court and move to a new home in the former Cocina restaurant on its fourth floor close to the Farmers Avenue entrance for the Vue cinema.

The restaurant has also applied for an alcohol licence to serve a range of beers and cocktails from the bar at its new premises in the section of the mall known as The Terrace.

Currently, vendors at the mall's Castle Social dining area cannot sell drinks, with customers made to visit its central bar.

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Hank's Dirty boss, Geoffrey Bligh, said the new restaurant with space for 80 diners would allow the business to continue its expansion.

He said: "We have had an incredible response from Norwich, so much so that we need to expand.

"We've had no issues with Castle Social, it's been a really welcoming environment, but the time is right to move on.

Norwich Evening News: Food served at Hank's Dirty in Norwich's Castle QuarterFood served at Hank's Dirty in Norwich's Castle Quarter (Image: Newsquest)

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"The shopping centre has been great for us and we've got nothing but good things to say. 

"The new location is a fantastic spot, it will allow us to offer more of a restaurant experience with customers able to have a proper sit down and enjoy a drink.

"It's perfect to catch people coming and going from the cinema and the frontage gives a great view of the castle."

It is thought another plant-based food business is replacing Hank's Dirty in the food court.

The restaurant has applied to Norwich City Council for permission to install a new kitchen extraction system in the location.

Those wishing to comment on plans have until August 23, with hopes a decision will be made by September 19.