And there are hopes that after standing empty for more than two years, the building’s new tenant could be just what was needed to turn the street into a ‘premier shopping’ area of the town.
Casa Del Mar served customers as usual from its St John’s Street location on Saturday night, but by Sunday afternoon it was on its way to the former St Edmunds Tavern site in Risbygate Street, where it will open its doors for the first time today.
The move to larger premises will allow Casa Del Mar to expand as a business and involves a partnership with wine merchant Thomas Peatling, which was looking to develop its own business.
Paul Hopfensperger, a founding member of the Risbygate Street Traders’ Association, has welcomed the new arrival.
He said: “I think it’s fantastic news for the street. That building’s probably one of the oldest in Bury and it’s been closed for too long.”
“I want this as a premier shopping street,” he added.
Casa Del Mar’s new venue is roughly double the size of its previous site and incorporates a dining area, wine bar, conservatory and outside seating – there is even a piano and a new barman, who happens to be an accomplished pianist.
Maria Broadbent, owner of Casa Del Mar, said people would still be able to book tables in the restaurant, but they will now also be able to pop in for a drink or to enjoy a meal in the conservatory.
To start with it will be business as usual but her plans for the future include introducing dishes inspired by the extensive range of wines on offer, with customers now able to enjoy more than 40 by the glass.
Maria said: “It feels like Casa Del Mar’s coming of age. We started off as a cafe and it was an empty shell when we took it over and we’ve grown the business – we’ve always been led by what the customer wants and this facilitates us to be everything we wanted to be and gives us scope to be so much more.”
Nicholas Corke, of Thos Peatling, said it was about combining the best of both businesses, the wines they are so well known for and Maria’s ‘great reputation for food’.
“I think we’re both really excited about the move and the prospects,” he said.