Ipswich: Waterfront restaurant prepares for opening
ONE of the most striking buildings on the Waterfront is having its final preparations before an autumn opening.
The Aurora restaurant on Orwell Quay is one of the best-known landmarks on the Waterfront with its impressive roof being a focal point for the development.
While the homes around it are now well-established, the restaurant itself has remained empty since it was built a few years ago.
But now restaurateur Callum Hewitt is preparing for its opening.
He said: “We are now in the final stage. I am now actively recruiting staff and I’m about to interview chefs. We should be opening in five or six weeks.
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“We’ve got lots of bookings for Christmas and I’m really looking forward to opening the doors.”
Mr Hewitt said the electrics for the restaurant were due to be fitted soon, and then the kitchen will be able to be installed.
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It will have 100 spaces in the main restaurant and another 20 tables on the terrace. There will be 80 tables downstairs and when the weather is fine there will be outdoor seating as well.
Mr Hewitt said: “We will be able to have up to 100 people at busy times like Christmas, but at other times we will arrange things so there is a bit more space.”
The opening of the restaurant comes after the area in front of Orwell Quay was paved as part of the borough’s programme of Waterfront improvements – that creates a paved area from the Jerwood Dance House at The Mill through to Orwell Quay.
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