Eastbourne seafront eatery to close by end of the year

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The Western View eatery on Eastbourne seafront is to close in November and be dismantled before being moved to another site within the borough.

The café on the Western Lawns opened in July 2013 and was built so that most of it could be salvaged and relocated elsewhere. An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson said, “It is proposed the facility will continue to operate until the end of November 2016, then it will be dismantled and moved to another location.

“Three sites have been identified as potentially suitable for the relocation of the Western View and officers are working up the options in more detail with relocation needing to take place between January 2017 and March 2017.”

On the busiest days, the Western View receives an average of 450 customers each day and the average spend per head is

£6.50. The core business is repeat business with an approximate mix of use of around 60 per cent residents and 40 per cent visitors.

The plans for the closure and relocation are likely to be approved by Eastbourne Borough Council’s decision making cabinet committee on Wednesday night next week.

Also on the agenda is to give the authority’s top planning officer Nazeya Hussain the authority to conclude financial terms with an operator to run the new Wish Tower restaurant when it is built and agree a design for the building.

The restaurant is being built at a cost of £1.2 million – with cash from the government pledged to the town after the Eastbourne Pier fire in 2014 – and there is a shortlist of three organisations bidding to run it.

Those in the initial bidding war were thought to have included celebrity TV chef Rick Stein but the council is remaining tight lipped as to who is in the final three.

A council spokesperson said, “Three operators have been shortlisted and will now go through a negotiated process to determine their Best and Final Offer. The preferred operator will be determined in mid-June.

“As part of the council’s vision to create a footfall driver to the seafront, the preferred bidder must demonstrate a menu and price point to appeal to all potential customers and markets including beach goers, tourists and locals.

Restaurateurs are encouraged to provide sample menus with prices to cover the range of offer that they are proposing.

“When considering each bid, and the suitability of the offer for Eastbourne, a high degree of regard has been given to the existing seafront offer. It is important that the preferred operator is able to offer something that does not already exist, bringing with it a certain cachet that will both attract new visitors to the town, but that will also hold appeal to local people.”

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