Marco’s New York Italian will be taking over from Othello’s restaurant in Chapel Street.

The 52-year-old celebrity chef already has three of these restaurants, located in Sheffield, Hoylake and Exeter.

Although diners will be able to walk through to the restaurant from The Shakespeare Mercure Hotel, Marco’s New York Italian will be a wholly separate business.

The restaurant will be opening around Sunday 17th August, with an official launch party announced shortly after. The project will create 30 jobs.

In Shipston, Michel Roux Jr has been seen at the Grade II listed building which used to be Sandra’s boutique clothing shop.

After Sandra’s closed down, an application to change the clothes shop into a café was put in by the Compton Scorpion 2002 Trust.

Andrew Knight, who lives at Compton Scorpion Manor House and is a former director of News Corporation, is believed to be behind the project.

Initially, residents and businesses were opposed to a new café, because they felt the town did not need another one, but now they are excited at the prospect of a celebrity chef’s restaurant in town.