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Lowestoft café Sunrise at Zaks moves to temporary home ahead of demolition work to build Jubilee Parade

A Lowestoft café has moved to a temporary new home ahead of demolition work to build a new seafront complex.

For the past four years, East Suffolk Council (ESC) has been working with residents, businesses and visitors in plans to build a two-storey restaurant and café in Jubilee Parade.

The new facilities will contain five units on the ground floor, new toilets, changing places and improved lift and staircase access between the Esplanade, promenade and restaurant.

This is what Jubilee Parade could look like. Picture: ESC
This is what Jubilee Parade could look like. Picture: ESC

To prepare for the works, the team at the family-run café, Sunrise at Zaks, has relocated to a temporary home as work on the project gets under way.

Martin and Emma Williams, who run the café, said they are now located a short distance down the promenade, on the south side of the Eastern Edge beach huts.

They added: “We look forward to welcoming customers old and new over the Easter weekend and we are also excited for next summer, when we will be moving into our new permanent café within the new Jubilee Parade complex.”

PJ Spillings Ltd, based in the town, has been chosen to take on the task of demolishing the existing buildings, which will begin on April 8.

Once the old buildings have been knocked down, construction on the new complex is expected to begin in June and finish by Spring 2025.

Paul Wood, head of economic development at ESC, said the exciting new development was made possible through funding from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

“It will enable us to extensively improve the offer to residents and visitors at this part of the seafront,” he said.