Saturday, June 10, 2006
After five years of standing empty the seafront building near the pier has been leased. It is set to become a restaurant under the ownership of local resident Glen Pearson who has signed a 15 year lease on the building, which has been a centre of controversy since it was built by the Saltburn Improvement Company (SIC). There is no definite date for the opening of the restaurant but the first phase of the project will be the opening of an ice-cream servery. Plans are in place for the ground floor area to seat 36 people with room for 30 more outside. The outside area will feature an awning, heating elements and planters while the upstairs will be a balcony area seating 50 people and a lounge for 28 people. The key feature here will include the magnificent views, especially with the pier's lighting scheme. The aim is for a modern style restaurant where chefs will cook 'unpretentious' meals using local produce like Whitby fish and classical British food. Mr Pearson has been negotiating with the SIC and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council for four years and is now looking forward to opening 'The Seaview'.