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Landmark building completed on Felixstowe's South Seafront

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Construction on a landmark building which will house a new café has been completed by Felixstowe's South Seafront.

The new café, The Kitchen @ Felixstowe, will be run by East Suffolk Council's operational partner, The Kitchen @ Group.

Cameron Marshall, owner of The Kitchen @ Group, has begun fitting out the internal space of the building, which will include a bakery counter, contemporary brasserie type menu and sea views.

The new building in Felixstowe. Picture: East Suffolk Council.
The new building in Felixstowe. Picture: East Suffolk Council.

It is hoped the café, once completed, will play a key role in helping the town as it continues recovering from the impact of Covid-19, attracting local people and visitors and helping to provide jobs.

Councillor Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “Despite the challenges we have all faced due to Covid-19 over the past many months, it is great that work has been able to continue on this development, which will transform the South Seafront for many years to come, ensuring it is a thriving place where people want to go, meet and spend their money.

“Now more than ever, this café is hugely important to Felixstowe and the local economy as not only will it provide a new eatery next to the beautiful seaside, attracting both local people and visitors, but it will also support economic growth and provide new employment opportunities as we hopefully continue to emerge from the impact of coronavirus.

"This is a very exciting time for the Dedham Boathouse Group to come in and play an active part in the resurgence of Felixstowe.

“The South Seafront has undergone significant redevelopment in recent years and East Suffolk Council has invested a lot in revitalising the area.

"We believe it is vital that we continue to build on this investment and create developments that benefit local businesses and people as well as visitors to the area.”

Cameron Marshall said him and his team were 'very excited' to be part of the project and could not wait to open.

"Unfortunately, due to Covid, we have had several setbacks which have been out of our control, but we are fully committed to getting the internal fit out completed and to be open by Spring 2022," he said.

"We thank everyone for their continued support and interest.”

Barnes Construction started the project in August 2020 alongside partners East Suffolk Council, the Kitchen @ Group, Plaice Design, Superstructures and Gill Associates.