130-seat seafood plan for his­toric Beau­maris premises

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wil­liams

PLANS to con­vert a for­mer bak­ery into a 130-seater seafood restau­rant have been sub­mit­ted to plan­ning chiefs.

Cas­tle Bak­ery was es­tab­lished in Beau­maris in 1885 and, over the next 131 years, built up a chain of shops in the area which served more than a mil­lion cus­tomers a year.

But, in Feb­ru­ary 2016, work­ers were given the news that its shops in Caernar­fon, Ban­gor, Me­nai Bridge and Holy­head, and the flag­ship Beau­maris out­let, were all to shut.

Al­most three years on, the his­toric bak­ery could now be given a new lease of life after an ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted for the for­mer Beau­maris shop at 9 Cas­tle Street.

The plans in­volve join­ing it up with a va­cant unit next door to cre­ate a new restau­rant, which has been de­scribed as a long-stand­ing am­bi­tion of the ap­pli­cants Justa­gin Ltd.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the plan is to show­case Welsh sup­pli­ers while pre­par­ing seafood in the style found in Bos­ton and New Eng­land in the United States.

The de­sign and ac­cess state­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion says: “Our com­pany, Justa­gin Ltd, cur­rently op­er­ates three thriv­ing restau­rants on An­gle­sey, a del­i­catessen and re­cently opened patis­serie in Beau­maris, and a fourth restau­rant in the nearby town of Me­nai Bridge.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence of lo­cal trad­ing pat­terns has al­lowed us to iden­tify a gap in the mar­ket for this con­cept, which has been a long-stand­ing am­bi­tion of ours and has been in de­vel­op­ment over the past 10 years.”

The de­vel­op­ment would also in­clude a take­away area, and the ap­pli­cants say it would cre­ate a num­ber of lo­cal jobs.

Their state­ment said: “A fish­mon­ger by day would help pre­pare the seafood we of­fer in the restau­rant and be open as a re­tail out­let which is much wanted in the area.”

There is only a par­ti­tion wall sep­a­rat­ing the for­mer Cas­tle Bak­ery with the next door unit which used to house Ruby Mae’s Pop-up Amer­i­can Diner but is also now empty. If ap­proved, this wall would be re­moved, with the new restau­rant tak­ing up the en­tire build­ing.

The move comes just weeks after Gwynedd Coun­cil plan­ners ap­proved a change of use for the for­mer Cas­tle Bak­ery on Pool Street in Caernar­fon to three res­i­den­tial units and a smaller ground floor shop.

Man­age­ment from Cas­tle Bak­ery have never ex­plained the rea­son for the sud­den clo­sure of the busi­ness.

They did, how­ever, place a mes­sage in the win­dow of the Ban­gor and Caernar­fon stores thank­ing cus­tomers for their sup­port.

It’s ex­pected that An­gle­sey Coun­cil plan­ners will make a de­ci­sion in due course.

The for­mer Cas­tle Bak­ery in Beau­maris, which shut in 2016, could be­come a 130-seater seafood restau­rant un­der new plans from Justa­gin Ltd PIC: GOOGLE

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