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Fresh start for Chesil Beach Cafe as popular couple takeover reigns
A CAFE at a Portland beauty spot is set for a fresh start.
Todd and Louise Moffat from Taste Restaurant in Dorchester have stepped in to take over the running of the Chesil Beach Cafe, which temporarily closed its doors earlier this year.
The cafe was originally opened in July last year following a £1.1million refurbishment of the Chesil Beach Centre, with former Masterchef champion Mat Follas, right, operating the eatery.
However, following discussions with the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), Mr and Mrs Moffat agreed to take on the enterprise and plan to open ahead of Easter on March 18. New jobs will be made available including a full-time sous chef, an apprentice chef and part-time waiters and waitresses.
Mr Moffat, who has been running his popular restaurant in the county town with his wife for more than six years, said he was ‘excited’ about the new venture, claiming ‘the potential is amazing’.
He said: “We heard about the opportunity just by chance and chased after it really ever since.
“We finally got the go-ahead from the DWT a couple of weeks ago.”
Mr Moffat said he was confident the venue would prove popular with visitors over the summer months but he was keen to focus on building up a local customer base to sustain the business all year round.
He said: “The summer will just sort itself out and could be crazy. Winter is where we need to work very hard to make sure we get the locals in. We are very much going to be a cafe so we can feed the family without breaking any budgets.”
Mr Moffat said as well as offering hearty meals the cafe would also cater for the likes of fishermen stopping off for a quick bacon butty or birdwatchers coming in for a cup of tea.
The new cafe will be the fourth business the couple have set up and, while Mr Moffat admitted it was always a ‘nerve wracking’ experience starting a new venture, he said he was confident they could learn from their success at their Dorchester restaurant.
He said: “We have built up a really good loyal local trade, our service is second to none and we offer good honest prices.”
For details on the cafe see tasterestaurant.co.uk.