New giant street food market plans for old cinema that could host hundreds of foodies

An Ayrshire businessman says he’s putting his own neck on the line to transform one of Kilmarnock’s most iconic ruins into a trendy food market.

Rishi Magon is preparing to shell out his own cash to radically overhaul the dangerous old town centre cinema to the tune of up to £300,000.

Left to rot for decades, the eyesore structure could become a thriving business once again if proposals to turn the Titchfield Street into a food hub are given the green light.

The grand plans would see the bottom floor of the listed building revamped to accommodate 10 street food traders, a bar and enough seating for 200 foodies.

Dubbed the King’s Court, Rishi’s firm has owned the building since 1999 and after many, many false dawns, he reckons this new proposal is the best hope the old structure has had since it stopped showing movies.

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