EX-BAKERY SET TO BE RESTAURANT
130-seat seafood plan for historic Beaumaris premises
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