The future of one of the vacant units in the Villa Marina Arcade look clearer after an application was made to convert it into a restaurant and bar.
In their application (21/00827/B) Dazan Ltd, which is registered at 43 Loch Promenade, Douglas, the address of JAKS, have outlined plans that include an enclosed area within the colonnade to allow orangery style seating.
The idea behind the restaurant, according to the application, is to ‘provide family orientated eating and drinking facilities to encourage more activity in and around the theatre and the Villa Marina prior to and after performances, as well as eating and drinking facilities during the remainder of the day’. The area is already serviced by Sir Norman’s Bar, the Sefton and Harbour Light’s Bistro which offer a variety of menus and drinks.
Should the application be approved, the new, as yet unnamed restaurant, would be open from 9am to 1am Monday to Sunday. With the widening of the promenade pavement, Dazan Ltd says the new enclosed area, with seating for 84 customers, won’t affect pedestrian traffic as there will be ‘more than ample space to walk around the proposed development as the enclosure will not be a thoroughfare’.
In the proposed generic images supplied with the application, the style of the restaurant appears to be similar to that of Barbary Coast with curved booth seating. Outside the seating appears to be metal chairs inside glass panel windows and doors with external heating.
Due to the restaurant’s close proximity to Chester Street car park, there is no planned car parking but there will be storage for bicycles at the rear of the complex.