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Ipswich: New tenants expected to take over Waterfront restaurant Quayside

17:52 02 April 2014

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Shop local / fightback pictures at the Quayside Restaurant in Ipswich.

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EADT / STAR Shop local / fightback pictures at the Quayside Restaurant in Ipswich. Pix Phil Morley 27/11/09 MyPhotos24 ref - pm 09 quayside restaurant 3 ES 11/12/09

New tenants are expected to be operating from the former Quayside restaurant on the Ipswich Waterfront later in the spring.

The restaurant closed suddenly at the start of February, disappointing customers who had hoped to visit the venue for Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Its closure was seen as a blow to the Waterfront where it had become a popular venue during the four years since it first opened.

Now it has emerged that a new tenant is expected to exchange contracts on the venue within the next few weeks, and should be trading before the end of spring.

A spokesman for agents Savills said it was hoped to be able to announce the tenant very soon – and that the restaurant should be operating by the time most of the spring and summer events are taking place on the Waterfront.

He was able to dismiss speculation that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was interested in taking on the venue for one of his restaurant chains.

“I’m not aware that the tenant has any connection there,” he said.

The restaurant is in part of the Regatta Quay development created from the old Paul’s Maltings and was one of the elements to be completed before the developers fell into administration in 2010.

It is in a key Waterfront location – and had been a popular landmark.

Organisers of events like the Ipswich Maritime Festival and the heritage fortnight in September will be keen to see the restaurant back in operation to serve visitors to the Waterfront area of the town.

10 comments

  • Non takeaway use that should say.

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • It could be Pizza Hut moving to compete with Pizza Express lol - They had a very popular franchise in Upper Brook Street many years ago. (now a betting shop, surprise surprise) Come school holidays people were literally queueing around the corner to stuff greasy pizza in crammed noisy conditions. *** The Waterfront hasn't really been tested to be such a promising location other than the odd few events a year - its quite good for night-life but the pool of people will need to be spread wide. *** I think it is more likely to be a cardinal park relocation (perhaps F&B, P&J, Chimi Changa or Nandos) rather than Jamie Olive(oil)r. Especially with fears of a new cinema in town stealing trade from the current one. I heard Prezzo was looking for an Ipswich location a year ago... but being Ipswich it might be a Yippee cafe...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • @Ipswich Man, C Smith, Ted - I don't think it can be a fast food chain as their requires a different planning consent to what is in place. It's approved for on takeaway restaurantbar use only i believe. Same as the new units proposed for Buttermarket (alongside the cinema) they are all non-takeaway as well.

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • @Ipswich Man, C Smith, Ted - I don't think it can be a fast food chain as their requires a different planning consent to what is in place. It's approved for on takeaway restaurantbar use only i believe. Same as the new units proposed for Buttermarket (alongside the cinema) they are all non-takeaway as well.

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Carluccios is my guess.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • oh come on it will just be a Tescos Express, so Councillor Harsant can finally find somewhere to buy a newspaper on the "Waterfront Town Centre" (tm), as exclusively revealed by the Star earlier in the year

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    beerbaron

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • I hear it's going to be a fast food major chain.

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    Ipswich Man

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • It will be a chain, the rates will put of any local independents, but as Smith says, if it is one of the more pleasant chains then so be it. I would giggle if KFC got hold of it...

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • It will be a chain, the rates will put of any local independents, but as Smith says, if it is one of the more pleasant chains then so be it. I would giggle if KFC got hold of it...

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • I do hope its not a fast food chain, I much prefer to eat in places that are not the same as every other town, Carluccios would be the best of them though or maybe Wagamamas if I had any choice of chains but with the extortionate rates we can expect little else other than a perm any one from 10 town.

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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