A popular sushi restaurant chain in Reading is set to sell alcohol out of one of its locations.

HWSI Limited, the owning company of the Itsu dining brand, has applied to sell alcohol from its restaurant in Reading Gate Retail Park.

Itsu does not currently sell its own alcohol, but diners can enjoy a drink of Asahi Japanese lager at its restaurants.

And if you look at the menu on Deliveroo, the company declares that it sells three 250ml canned wines: Malbeck Mendoza Red, Languedoc Rose and Sauvignon Blanc.

HSWI has applied to sell alcohol on and off premises at Reading Gate Retail Park from 10am to midnight Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 11.30pm on Sundays.

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Itsu caused a stir when it opened at the Retail Park in August last year, with Reading resident Peter Bowyer photographing heaps of rubbish outside the restaurant.

A company spokesperson replied saying that the build up was down to missed collections and that steps had been taken to make sure that would never happen again.

Itsu took over from the old Pizza Hut at the Retail Park, which closed during the pandemic.

There is also a longer established Itsu in Broad Street, which opened in 2015.