New café set to open in St Ouen's Bay

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THE owner of Nude Food has said she cannot wait for their latest restaurant and café to open in St Ouen’s Bay after months of setbacks.

Lucy Morris said delays to the completion of the eatery – which will be built on the site of a former toilet block at La Pulente – had been caused by a number of issues, including a long wait for its large windows to arrive. The café is now expected to open in April.

Miss Morris said that the venue – which will be open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner – would have a ‘beach-club vibe’ with a décor that included lots of natural colours, rattan furniture and a Mediterranean-inspired mosaic floor.

It will be the third Nude Food venue, with Miss Morris and her fiancé Jackson Lowe already owning eateries in New Street and alongside La Haule slipway.

Miss Morris said that Nude Food had recently bought the La Pulente building off a company owned by Frank Laine, a developer who had begun the project.

She added that she and Mr Lowe also fully supported nearby kiosk The Hideout finding a permanent home in the bay.

The Hideout was once based close to the former toilets at the top of the slipway access road but moved further down the hill when work began on the Nude Food building.

The fate of the kiosk was the subject of a legal battle in 2021 between its owner, Karl Sutton, and the Parish of St Brelade over permission to operate on the slipway, which is controlled by the parish under the Island’s choses publiques law. The two sides reached an out-of-court settlement, allowing The Hideout to stay halfway down the slipway.

The kiosk is currently asking for that permission to continue for another year. However, a condition is that it moves within 28 days of the new restaurant/café being signed off for opening by Planning and Building Control.

In a formal public comment accompanying the application, Mr Lowe wrote: ‘There is no problem with The Hideout trading from the slip during the build.

‘Parking hasn’t been an issue, even with the building work happening for the duration of the development.

‘I support The Hideout in their endeavour to secure a permanent location as I feel there is plenty of space for everyone within the bay.’

The building housing the new Nude Food restaurant includes public toilets to replace the ones that used to exist on the site.

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