A new French-themed eaterie opened its doors in Bury St Edmunds this week after a £800,000 revamp of part of a former bank.
Côte Brasserie is the first chain restaurant to launch in part of the old Barclays Bank building, in Abbeygate Street, with Bill’s Restaurant to open in the other part on Monday June 9.
The move by Côte and Bill’s has created about 40 jobs in each restaurant and been welcomed by town centre bosses for filling an empty unit.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that such an attractive and imposing building has now got new tenants.
“Having popped into Côte yesterday I’m very impressed with the refurbishment. It’s a welcome addition to the food and drink offer in Bury St Edmunds.”
Harald Samuelsson, joint managing director at Côte, said: “We’re delighted to have found this spot in Bury and to be part of such a vibrant community.
“We’ve spent time getting the right site and spent over £800,000 on the revamp. It’s a premium feel but still very accessible which is what Côte Brasserie is all about.”
The number of empty units in the town centre stands at 6.7 per cent, according to figures for the end of April which is the lowest since 2008.
Asked about the recent flurry of national names flocking to Bury St Edmunds town centre including Côte, Bills, Jones Bootmakers, Wagamama, White Stuff and Nando’s, Mr Cordell added: “It demonstrates how highly regarded Bury is as a destination to run your business.”
For a reader offer and a review of Côte Brasserie, pick up a copy of the Bury Free Press on Friday May 30.