Published: 13:00, 31 May 2021
| Updated: 10:11, 01 June 2021
One of Thanet's most recognisable buildings is being transformed into an all-year-round restaurant, with a street food take-out window and fresh seafood stall.
The new venture - Jetty Broadstairs - is being opened at the end of the pier overlooking Viking Bay in what was previously a typical seaside café and takeaway.
The council-owned building, which is also used by fisherman and the sailing club on the top floor, has been taken on by business partners Christian Miles and Warren Roe, with manager Mandy Morgan and catering consultant Phil Stocken also part of the team.
They have been working non-stop to refurbish the building, which needed to be completely gutted, and are aiming to open at the end of June.
They want to create a stylish but affordable and relaxing place for families to eat, with high quality food using local suppliers, and all from the prime spot on the end of the pier, with views out to sea and across Viking Bay.
"We want to encourage families to come here, where they will get quality service but something that's affordable," said Ms Morgan.
"Christian and Warren both have four children themselves, although older now, and when they go out they want to get good food and value for money so they know what is important to people."
One part will be a restaurant with tables for 32 covers inside and a seating area outside for 10 tables at the front, surrounded by glass and a movable butterfly awning.
Next to it will be a takeaway window, open from 8am to 9pm, serving danishes and pastries, street food and drinks, including beer and wine, as well as coffee from Kent company Lost Sheep.
To the side of the building nearest the car park there will be a wet seafood stall with bites including cockles and crab, as well as a cart with an ice cream machine, serving both vegan and dairy treats.
Alongside main dishes, the menus will include breakfasts, nibbles and sharing boards. The food offering will include mussels and chips, fish tacos, pulled pork, fish and chips, burgers and falafel wraps, with vegan equivalents where possible.
There will also be cauliflower popcorn, local crab toasties, pink peppercorn squid, and truffle and parmesan chips.
Customers will also have the option to take away a sharing platter to eat on the beach.
Mr Stocken, who runs The Caterers Consultant, says everything will be top quality and "jazzed up" but at a good price.
"We're also using local suppliers as much as we can, so Hogmans butchers, Margate Cakehouse, St Peter's Sausage Company, Fruit de Mer and potatoes from Birchington for our chips," he added.
In addition to work on the building, the team is also refurbishing part of the seating on the pier, to "show their commitment to the community".
"We're so mindful of making sure that the pier is for everyone," said Ms Morgan.
"Everyone uses it and we don't want people to think we're taking it over.
"We'll have seating at the front by the restuarant but we haven't got any by the takeaway window so that will all be open and people can still walk around there and enjoy the pier as they always have."
The inside of the brasserie will feature high quality furnishings, big windows with views out to sea, bi-folds opening to the outdoor seating area, a zinc bar and toilets.
"People are really interested and have been walking past and asking what's happening here," said Ms Morgan.
"We're also looking to take on 30 to 35 staff and are currently hiring so anyone who would like to work here do get in touch."
The team, who all have dogs themselves, are also considering whether to make it dog-friendly.
Anyone interested in working at Jetty email email@example.com.