Have you got dreams of running a seafront restaurant? Think you might have the entrepreneurial skills to make it work in this straightened economic climate?
Well this may be your opportunity as East Suffolk Council have launched the search to find an operator to run their new café/restaurant being planned for the South Seafront in Felixstowe.
This proposal was first unveiled at a Felixstowe Horizons meeting last year – and although many residents on the new Martello Park development are opposed – having stated that they were not informed that the land in front of their houses was earmarked for a new building – nevertheless the land belongs to the Council and they are determined to build a cafe/ restaurant on it – not any old cafe/ restaurant mind you – but one that will be leased by upmarket property specialists Fleurets – so my guess is that the lease won’t be cheap. Which probably means it won’t be a beach side type cafe of the fish and chips variety either.
Designed by Plaice Design Co Architects, of Woodbridge, construction is proposed to start later this year (2019) using almost £1m of funding from a Government Coastal Communities grant, the 3,800 sq ft premises will be comprised predominantly of the restaurant/café area with unspoilt views out to sea. However, the structure will also offer outdoor dining as well as ‘community meeting space’. Planning permission for the new building was granted in September 2018, with the proposal being that East Suffolk Council would build the premises for an operator to come in to run the business.
Simon Jackaman, Divisional Director at Fleurets commented: “The design and concept of this opportunity is very impressive. This part of Felixstowe has undergone significant redevelopment in recent years and is a popular part of the town, with nearby attractions, such as Landguard Fort, that bring many visitors to this end of the town. I fully expect that there will be interest from across the UK, from both corporate and independent operators.”
“This is one of those rare occasions where the Council is the developer. East Suffolk Council is committed to building on the growing confidence in Felixstowe to create developments that benefit local people and visitors alike.”
The perspective operator will also have the opportunity to contribute towards both the internal layout and design, with the property expected to be completed by spring 2021.