Seafood Temple Opens
One of the latest examples of private investment in South Shields opened on Friday May 26 when the 85-year-old former Gandhi’s Temple bandstand and seating area on the seafront relaunches as Colmans Seafood Temple in a project overseen by the Ord family, who hope the site will complement their well-known Colmans fish and chip take-away on Ocean Road.
The new venue will employ 40 members of staff and be led by general manger Alex Vladoiu and Richard Ord Jr who commented, “After years of planning and preparation we are thrilled to be opening Colman’s Seafood Temple. We are extremely happy with the excellent work undertaken by our contractor, Brims Construction, and our other sub- contractors and are now in the final stages of preparation for the big day.”
“We have been blown away by the level of interest. It has been overwhelming and the two soft openings we’ve trialed have gone down a storm, with people not wanting to leave the restaurant so that we are expecting to be very busy for the opening days and coming weeks.”
Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said, “Colman’s Seafood Temple is a fantastic addition to the Borough’s excellent and varied food and drink offering. The building has been transformed and I am sure it will be a big draw to visitors with its superb views. This new restaurant is just one example of the ‘consequential regeneration’ we are seeing around the town, and demonstrates how the public sector can lead the way, by investing and generating confidence in the private sector to follow suit.”
David Wells, Regional Director of Muse Developments, added, “The new Colmans Seafood Temple is a fantastic addition to the South Shields leisure and hospitality sector. With The Word now open, the Market refurbished and plans for the Transport Interchange well advanced, private investment like this is being attracted to complement the public spending and really move the whole 365 Regeneration Plan on – the whole 365 team wish the Seafood Temple the very best of luck for the years to come!”
Gandhi’s Temple was originally built as a community seating shelter and public toilets in 1931 and later used as bandstand – although it is unknown how the name came about.