The Station in Richmond has announced plans for a new restaurant following the closure of Seasons.
Seasons closed unexpectedly last month after the tenants had their lease terminated due to “serious none compliance”.
Preparations for the replacement restaurant are now taking shape.
This weekend The Station will hold a pop-up picnic for visitors to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire.
Set out in the restaurant space will be tables at which customers can consume food and drinks from The Station’s independent food retailers – The Angel’s Share Bakery, Richmond Brewing Company, Archer’s Ice Cream – or alternatively eat their own picnics.
Then, as soon as possible, as a short term arrangement, The Station will open a coffee shop serving scones, cakes, savoury snacks as well as a variety of hot and cold drinks.
The coffee shop will be open from 9am to 5pm.
Plans for a new permanent restaurant are now being worked on which will run under the direct control of the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust, with professional advice to assist.
James Gravenor, director of finance of the trust, said: “Although there has been some disruption, which has been beyond our control, because of the sudden departure of Seasons, this now gives the trust an opportunity to take better control over the catering at The Station to ensure that we provide a good quality service, higher levels of customer satisfaction, and cooperative working between the Station staff, volunteers and tenants to provide an enjoyable experience for all our visitors.”
Eileen Halliday, manager of The Station added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to the community and visitors who are continuing to support The Station through this short term situation and hope that this support continues whilst we move forward to develop the space and catering facility within the building.
“This will endorse and complement the existing Film, Food and Art ethos, and encompass the heritage and culture which is inherent to the way this community building works.”