Tony Macaroni's bid to open in Irvine, bringing around 25 jobs to the area, was given the greenlight by Licensing chiefs today.

North Ayrshire's Licensing Board approved an application for a transfer of the premises licence from the old Frankie and Benny’s site's owners to Tony Macaroni and amend its current activities.

The Times revealed last month that the Italian chain will finally open in the Riverway Retail Park, which they hope would generate a buzz amongst residents.

The restaurant comprises of one level, including restaurant area with ancillary bar, kitchen, stores and ancillary offices and have an external terrace for the use of diners.

The chain also applied to add a new premises manager allow off-sales seven days from 10am-10pm, add home deliveries, add 'seasonal variation' to it activities description.

A delivery service will be on offer, with customers able to order food and alcohol to come to their doors 

Agent Peter Lawson said if someone orders pasta and pizza for instance along with alcohol delivery staff would check age, adding that: “Alcohol would never be delivered without food.”

Licensing board chair Councillor Ronnie McNicol said: “I know your menu well.”

Sales Manager Tommy MacFarlane previously told the Times: "We're hoping to have it open by the end of the year but that's not a definite.

"We are creating 25 jobs in Irvine with our new venture."