Work to transform an iconic seafront location into a seafood ‘temple’ is nearing completion.
Builders working on the new business venture by Colmans of South Shields are now heading inside to kit out the venue.
Costing more than £1million when complete, the restaurant, on the Sea Road site known as Gandhi’s Temple, will also include a cocktail bar and takeaway.
While an actual date of opening has not yet been finalised, it is anticipated doors will be open to customers by the end of next month.
The work is being carried out by Sunderland firm Brims Construction, which will lead to the creation of Colmans Seafood Temple.
It is thought the new restaurant will generate 35 new jobs and apprentices when it is up and running.
We are absolutely delighted with how things are going and really proud of what we have been able to achieve.Richard Ord
Owner Richard Ord – whose existing business in Ocean Road, South Shields, has won countless awards, including Best Restaurant in the National Fish and Chip Awards – said: “We still don’t have a fixed date as when we will be opening, but it is looking like it will be towards the end of May.
“The builders are moving inside the premises and will be making a start on the shop fittings – installing the cooking equipment etc.
“It looks absolutely fabulous, they have done a really good job to the outside of the building. But, for me, the best thing is the feedback we are receiving from the public, it has been absolutely tremendous.
“We are absolutely delighted with how things are going and really proud of what we have been able to achieve.
“We are all looking forward to finally opening the doors.”
Gandhi’s Temple was originally built as a community seating shelter and public toilets in 1931 and was later used as a bandstand.
Mr Ord is filming every aspect of the construction project, which will then be transformed into a short film at the end of the build.