Lounge first for Abbey Crescent
THE first business earmarked for the new Abbey Crescent has been announced.
Award-winning all day cafe/bar operators Loungers has confirmed it has exchanged contracts on one of the four restaurants within the prestigious Abbey Crescent development.
The restaurant will have views across the Bay and both internal and external eating space. The group, which has outlets across the country, including in Bournemouth, Birmingham and Cardiff, is the first operator to commit to the scheme, opening under its Lounge brand (www.thel ounges.co.uk).
Loungers say they are: 'informal, neighbourhood food led cafe/bars' and offer a 'relaxed comfortable environment'.
The confirmation follows the recent granting of full planning consent and the announcement by developers Havard Tisdale's construction partner, Mansell Construction Ltd, that building work is scheduled to start in June.
Loungers managing director Alex Reilley said: "We see a lot of similarities between this scheme and Royal William Yard in Plymouth where Loungers was the first operator, opening Seco Lounge in 2010. This remains our busiest Lounge site.
"The success of Royal William Yard has been a game-changer for Plymouth, and while Abbey Crescent is architecturally very different, the developers are building a very striking building we believe could have a very similar positive effect for Torquay."
John Havard, director of Havard Tisdale, said: "We are delighted that the Loungers group recognises the potential offered by Torquay and has agreed to form part of this exciting development.
"The Lounge brand will significantly contribute towards the shared vision for Abbey Crescent, providing a high quality destination for both residents and visitors to eat, drink and relax in an attractive environment, adjacent to the seafront.
"Havard Tisdale hopes to announce additional operators within the coming months."