Work begins on new Worthing seafront food and beverage center Brighton News

WORK is underway on a new ephemeral catering, drinks and well-being center by the sea.

The project is poised to transform underutilized land overlooking the Worthing waterfront into a temporary food and drink outlet for independent local businesses.

Real estate company QED will begin remodeling the open-air terrace at Grafton’s multi-storey car park, with work expected to take a few weeks.

The Argus: artist's impression of Worthing's new gastronomic hubArtist’s impression of the new gastronomic center of Worthing

Known as Level 1, it will open this summer and operate year round.

It comes after the plans received permission from the Worthing Borough Council planning committee last week.

Harry Smith, Director of QED, said: “The pop-up site will be known as Tier 1 and will be open year round. We will have an activity program that includes Pilates, Yoga, Walking Clubs and Tai Chi, as well as food and drink available throughout the day.

The Argus: work on the Worthing waterfront project is underwayWork on the Worthing waterfront project is underway

“We hope this will be a next step for some businesses in Worthing and Sussex to grow and prosper after the pandemic. We believe Level 1 will provide residents of Worthing with the opportunity to work, eat, drink, exercise and have fun while enjoying the waterfront view.

“We hope that the pop-up will create 24 full-time equivalent jobs and we will focus on recruiting people between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.”

As well as being a hub for food and beverage businesses, the terrace will host health and wellness activities, public art, and events such as beach clean-ups, parties comics and quizzes and Christmas markets.

Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Executive Member of Worthing City Council for Regeneration, said: “We are delighted to welcome QED and Level 1 to Worthing. It’s a fantastic idea and will transform a prime beachfront location that is currently underutilized into a vibrant and welcoming element.

“I know residents and businesses are very interested in using the new pop-up terrace. The offer is exciting and will complement our fantastic lineup of local businesses.

“It’s yet another piece of the puzzle of our ongoing work to invest in the waterfront and regenerate the city as a whole.”

The council continues to work on longer term regeneration plans for the larger Grafton site.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-01 16:00:00

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