Salt restaurant to open in Brewers Quay

First published in News

PART of the ‘derelict’ Brewers Quay development in Weymouth will be brought back to life in time for the Olympics.

New tenants are set to open up in the Excise House, with a bar and restaurant expected to welcome visitors in July.

The team behind The Stable pizza and cider house will open a ‘pop-up' bar and restaurant ahead of the Olympics.

Opening on July 1, Salt will feature similar communal tables as the Stable, with tables outside, and will be open from 9am till midnight every day.

Businesses at the former brewery site were asked to move out by the end of 2010 with view to a major redevelopment.

However, despite planning permission being received in January last year, work has yet to begin.

A spokesman for Salt said: “Seafood will be Salt’s staple, with locally-sourced crab, oysters and lobster – best enjoyed with a delicious bowl of Salt chips – a regular feature of the menu."

See Saturday's Echo for full story

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4:47pm Fri 25 May 12

Laughing gnome says...

At last someone's had the balls to try something different. Good Luck to ya. Hope you rake it in.
At last someone's had the balls to try something different. Good Luck to ya. Hope you rake it in. Laughing gnome
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5:56pm Fri 25 May 12

Be_Happy says...

I reckon its here to try to capitalise on the olympics and then it will be gone again.
I reckon its here to try to capitalise on the olympics and then it will be gone again. Be_Happy
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5:59pm Fri 25 May 12

irisred says...

Clearly Be_Happy is right as the article states its a 'pop-up' but good for them, better than an empty derelict building and if it is a success then I'm sure they'll open a permanent one somewhere!!
Clearly Be_Happy is right as the article states its a 'pop-up' but good for them, better than an empty derelict building and if it is a success then I'm sure they'll open a permanent one somewhere!! irisred
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8:01pm Fri 25 May 12

Be_Happy says...

So its OK for someone to swoop in at a prime time, take trade from the local buisenessess that have been struggling since the loss of Brewers Quay proper, and then leave again at the end of the season?
It seems that most of the big profits from the olympics will be going into the pockets of those from away. Just look at who has got the contracts for setting up in the olympic venue behind the pavilion.
So its OK for someone to swoop in at a prime time, take trade from the local buisenessess that have been struggling since the loss of Brewers Quay proper, and then leave again at the end of the season? It seems that most of the big profits from the olympics will be going into the pockets of those from away. Just look at who has got the contracts for setting up in the olympic venue behind the pavilion. Be_Happy
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8:21am Sat 26 May 12

Ashers 5 says...

Be_Happy wrote:
So its OK for someone to swoop in at a prime time, take trade from the local buisenessess that have been struggling since the loss of Brewers Quay proper, and then leave again at the end of the season?
It seems that most of the big profits from the olympics will be going into the pockets of those from away. Just look at who has got the contracts for setting up in the olympic venue behind the pavilion.
They are local folks,read the article. They run a place in Bridport and also have Stables on the otherside of the harbour already. Good luck to anyone who tries to open a business in these times.
[quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: So its OK for someone to swoop in at a prime time, take trade from the local buisenessess that have been struggling since the loss of Brewers Quay proper, and then leave again at the end of the season? It seems that most of the big profits from the olympics will be going into the pockets of those from away. Just look at who has got the contracts for setting up in the olympic venue behind the pavilion.[/p][/quote]They are local folks,read the article. They run a place in Bridport and also have Stables on the otherside of the harbour already. Good luck to anyone who tries to open a business in these times. Ashers 5
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12:23pm Sat 26 May 12

siratb says...

I wonder how many of these stories are indeed stories or paid advertisments?
I wonder how many of these stories are indeed stories or paid advertisments? siratb
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2:49pm Sat 26 May 12

Genghis says...

siratb wrote:
I wonder how many of these stories are indeed stories or paid advertisments?
Does it matter? The OHEC is a business and can publish what stories it wants. As readers we have the choice to read what interests us. if it's of no interest we have the choice to ignore it.
[quote][p][bold]siratb[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of these stories are indeed stories or paid advertisments?[/p][/quote]Does it matter? The OHEC is a business and can publish what stories it wants. As readers we have the choice to read what interests us. if it's of no interest we have the choice to ignore it. Genghis
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3:07pm Sat 26 May 12

chiz1969 says...

will be luxury apartments in no time prime real estate should be worth a few quid,nudge nudge,
really miss the shops in there but it just a bit dodgy all the funding will have been"lost" due to the economy and it will be sold of cheap to a developer for "affordable" homes watch and wait,hope i'm proved wrong....
will be luxury apartments in no time prime real estate should be worth a few quid,nudge nudge, really miss the shops in there but it just a bit dodgy all the funding will have been"lost" due to the economy and it will be sold of cheap to a developer for "affordable" homes watch and wait,hope i'm proved wrong.... chiz1969
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9:07am Sun 27 May 12

portlandboi says...

Anybody know if they will be accepting the new discount card you can get in weymouth?
Anybody know if they will be accepting the new discount card you can get in weymouth? portlandboi
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11:39am Sun 27 May 12

Babsarella66 says...

Why did brewers quay become derelict? I moved away from Weymouth and was horrified when I spent a weekend there recently only to find all those lovely quaint shops gone. I used to love shopping there as did many of my friends and family. What on earth happened? One of the best shopping attractions, if not the best in Weymouth and its disappeared. What an absolute joke!!
All we see now is a town obsessed with the Olympics who have completely lost site of everything else. The town centre is a sham, full of crud shops that are run down.
I love my hometown but am becoming tired of defending its run down appearance and the general perception that all the council are interested in is making it an Olympic haven for all of what is it, a month?
Very,very sad. It could be a beautiful place and that money could have been far better spent.
Incidentally I wish the new business opening up in the quay all the best and hope it provides many much needed jobs for the locals.
Why did brewers quay become derelict? I moved away from Weymouth and was horrified when I spent a weekend there recently only to find all those lovely quaint shops gone. I used to love shopping there as did many of my friends and family. What on earth happened? One of the best shopping attractions, if not the best in Weymouth and its disappeared. What an absolute joke!! All we see now is a town obsessed with the Olympics who have completely lost site of everything else. The town centre is a sham, full of crud shops that are run down. I love my hometown but am becoming tired of defending its run down appearance and the general perception that all the council are interested in is making it an Olympic haven for all of what is it, a month? Very,very sad. It could be a beautiful place and that money could have been far better spent. Incidentally I wish the new business opening up in the quay all the best and hope it provides many much needed jobs for the locals. Babsarella66
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2:52pm Sun 27 May 12

Simon Nicholas says...

The new owners had originally hoped to rebuild and reopen Brewers Quay in time for the Olympics. However, the downturn in the economy meant that it has proved more difficult than expected to atttact the shops and hotel chain necessary before reconstruction could commence. There has also been a long running saga with the local authority over the reinstatement of the museum - this, at least, has now been sorted, so we can in theory expect work to begin before the end of 2012 for a 2014 re-opening.

Simon N.
The new owners had originally hoped to rebuild and reopen Brewers Quay in time for the Olympics. However, the downturn in the economy meant that it has proved more difficult than expected to atttact the shops and hotel chain necessary before reconstruction could commence. There has also been a long running saga with the local authority over the reinstatement of the museum - this, at least, has now been sorted, so we can in theory expect work to begin before the end of 2012 for a 2014 re-opening. Simon N. Simon Nicholas
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5:35pm Sun 27 May 12

Babsarella66 says...

Simon Nicholas wrote:
The new owners had originally hoped to rebuild and reopen Brewers Quay in time for the Olympics. However, the downturn in the economy meant that it has proved more difficult than expected to atttact the shops and hotel chain necessary before reconstruction could commence. There has also been a long running saga with the local authority over the reinstatement of the museum - this, at least, has now been sorted, so we can in theory expect work to begin before the end of 2012 for a 2014 re-opening.

Simon N.
Thank you for your reply. So the original owners of brewers quay made the decision to sell, meaning the shop owners etc had to move out?
Let's hope the new shops are as of equal interest and quality to the locals and tourists alike because I for one know many that are extremely disappointed that there is nothing but an empty building at brewers quay not to mention the surrounding area being like another Castletown.
Such a shame, yet another bad decision for our town.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: The new owners had originally hoped to rebuild and reopen Brewers Quay in time for the Olympics. However, the downturn in the economy meant that it has proved more difficult than expected to atttact the shops and hotel chain necessary before reconstruction could commence. There has also been a long running saga with the local authority over the reinstatement of the museum - this, at least, has now been sorted, so we can in theory expect work to begin before the end of 2012 for a 2014 re-opening. Simon N.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your reply. So the original owners of brewers quay made the decision to sell, meaning the shop owners etc had to move out? Let's hope the new shops are as of equal interest and quality to the locals and tourists alike because I for one know many that are extremely disappointed that there is nothing but an empty building at brewers quay not to mention the surrounding area being like another Castletown. Such a shame, yet another bad decision for our town. Babsarella66
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8:22pm Sun 27 May 12

Simon Nicholas says...

Brewers Quay was originally a partnership between the local authority and the pub company/brewer who took over Devenish. The LA quickly sold their half share to the pub company and the building has had at least five different owners since them (all pub companies), the last being Greene King, who sold out to the current developer Brewers Quay LLP in 2010.

At the time of closure, the building (roof and upper floor especially) were in a very poor state of repair.

The current owners plan include building extra floors and extending to the craft workshops behind. The new Brewers Quay will contain a hotel, a number of apartments, several restaurants/bars, high end shopping retailers, an enlarged museum and space for an attraction.

It was they who decided to close the building in February 2011 - an auction was held shortly afterwards of all the fixtures & fittings (including the Time Walk pieces).

Simon N.
Brewers Quay was originally a partnership between the local authority and the pub company/brewer who took over Devenish. The LA quickly sold their half share to the pub company and the building has had at least five different owners since them (all pub companies), the last being Greene King, who sold out to the current developer Brewers Quay LLP in 2010. At the time of closure, the building (roof and upper floor especially) were in a very poor state of repair. The current owners plan include building extra floors and extending to the craft workshops behind. The new Brewers Quay will contain a hotel, a number of apartments, several restaurants/bars, high end shopping retailers, an enlarged museum and space for an attraction. It was they who decided to close the building in February 2011 - an auction was held shortly afterwards of all the fixtures & fittings (including the Time Walk pieces). Simon N. Simon Nicholas
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7:53am Mon 28 May 12

Hedgehogspring says...

Babsarella66 wrote:
Why did brewers quay become derelict? I moved away from Weymouth and was horrified when I spent a weekend there recently only to find all those lovely quaint shops gone. I used to love shopping there as did many of my friends and family. What on earth happened? One of the best shopping attractions, if not the best in Weymouth and its disappeared. What an absolute joke!!
All we see now is a town obsessed with the Olympics who have completely lost site of everything else. The town centre is a sham, full of crud shops that are run down.
I love my hometown but am becoming tired of defending its run down appearance and the general perception that all the council are interested in is making it an Olympic haven for all of what is it, a month?
Very,very sad. It could be a beautiful place and that money could have been far better spent.
Incidentally I wish the new business opening up in the quay all the best and hope it provides many much needed jobs for the locals.
Totally agree. I was born and raised in Weymouth, and I loved the place. But a recent visit left me feeling thoroughly depressed at what Weymouth has become. It is really sad. I walked through the town centre like I have done thousands of times, and its just run down, chav infested and depressing. I really hope, once this Olympic sh*te has been and gone, that the town gets a decent council who can see beyond short term money making opportunities and actually does something for the residents and makes an effort to restore Weymouth to what it used to be. The bunch of ****s that run the place now should be shot for some of the decisions they have made.
[quote][p][bold]Babsarella66[/bold] wrote: Why did brewers quay become derelict? I moved away from Weymouth and was horrified when I spent a weekend there recently only to find all those lovely quaint shops gone. I used to love shopping there as did many of my friends and family. What on earth happened? One of the best shopping attractions, if not the best in Weymouth and its disappeared. What an absolute joke!! All we see now is a town obsessed with the Olympics who have completely lost site of everything else. The town centre is a sham, full of crud shops that are run down. I love my hometown but am becoming tired of defending its run down appearance and the general perception that all the council are interested in is making it an Olympic haven for all of what is it, a month? Very,very sad. It could be a beautiful place and that money could have been far better spent. Incidentally I wish the new business opening up in the quay all the best and hope it provides many much needed jobs for the locals.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. I was born and raised in Weymouth, and I loved the place. But a recent visit left me feeling thoroughly depressed at what Weymouth has become. It is really sad. I walked through the town centre like I have done thousands of times, and its just run down, chav infested and depressing. I really hope, once this Olympic sh*te has been and gone, that the town gets a decent council who can see beyond short term money making opportunities and actually does something for the residents and makes an effort to restore Weymouth to what it used to be. The bunch of ****s that run the place now should be shot for some of the decisions they have made. Hedgehogspring
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9:42am Mon 28 May 12

Babsarella66 says...

Simon Nicholas wrote:
Brewers Quay was originally a partnership between the local authority and the pub company/brewer who took over Devenish. The LA quickly sold their half share to the pub company and the building has had at least five different owners since them (all pub companies), the last being Greene King, who sold out to the current developer Brewers Quay LLP in 2010.

At the time of closure, the building (roof and upper floor especially) were in a very poor state of repair.

The current owners plan include building extra floors and extending to the craft workshops behind. The new Brewers Quay will contain a hotel, a number of apartments, several restaurants/bars, high end shopping retailers, an enlarged museum and space for an attraction.

It was they who decided to close the building in February 2011 - an auction was held shortly afterwards of all the fixtures & fittings (including the Time Walk pieces).

Simon N.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
Ref the hotel being included in the new brewers quay, Weymouth could do with a more upmarket hotel tbh, though it saddens me it has to be in brewers quay.
Seems a very strange place to put a new hotel.i think it would've been much nicer to have revamped some of the seafront hotels which lets face it, is where the majority of people ideally want to stay.
The ideal position for building an upmarket hotel would be along westwey road.
All of that road being used for the magistrates court and the gas works etc is a total wasted opportunity.
For years we've all been saying the same about what an eyesore that part of Weymouth is. In such a prime location as well. Dear me! Anyway, I'm writing nothing that people haven't talked about before so I will be quiet now and wish away the drunken inhabitants on the seafront, the cruddy shops in town,the lack of brewers quay .........:-( give me our old Weymouth town centre any day.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: Brewers Quay was originally a partnership between the local authority and the pub company/brewer who took over Devenish. The LA quickly sold their half share to the pub company and the building has had at least five different owners since them (all pub companies), the last being Greene King, who sold out to the current developer Brewers Quay LLP in 2010. At the time of closure, the building (roof and upper floor especially) were in a very poor state of repair. The current owners plan include building extra floors and extending to the craft workshops behind. The new Brewers Quay will contain a hotel, a number of apartments, several restaurants/bars, high end shopping retailers, an enlarged museum and space for an attraction. It was they who decided to close the building in February 2011 - an auction was held shortly afterwards of all the fixtures & fittings (including the Time Walk pieces). Simon N.[/p][/quote]Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Ref the hotel being included in the new brewers quay, Weymouth could do with a more upmarket hotel tbh, though it saddens me it has to be in brewers quay. Seems a very strange place to put a new hotel.i think it would've been much nicer to have revamped some of the seafront hotels which lets face it, is where the majority of people ideally want to stay. The ideal position for building an upmarket hotel would be along westwey road. All of that road being used for the magistrates court and the gas works etc is a total wasted opportunity. For years we've all been saying the same about what an eyesore that part of Weymouth is. In such a prime location as well. Dear me! Anyway, I'm writing nothing that people haven't talked about before so I will be quiet now and wish away the drunken inhabitants on the seafront, the cruddy shops in town,the lack of brewers quay .........:-( give me our old Weymouth town centre any day. Babsarella66
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4:50pm Mon 28 May 12

Weymouth Girl says...

Well done the Stable for bringing Salt to Weymouth, it sounds great and if it is anything like your other establishments it will be a huge success.

It’s a shame to see the same old moaning and groaning taking place on the echo forums, but I do appreciate that people are rather fed up. Please remember that without the Olympics we would have lost all of the same things and not gained the following: A revamped Esplanade, which looks the best it has in years. The Tower (private enterprise from Merlin Entertainments) a fabulous new attraction for our seaside town. The laser lights, which may not be to everyone's taste but much better than broken fairy lights which were tatty and extremely dated. With regards to the loss of Brewers Quay and the shops which have shut in the centre, take a look at other seaside towns, I am pretty sure they will have boarded up windows from the likes of Millets, La Senza, Game, Early Learning Centre, etc. Our town centre isn’t alone in struggling to keep its shops, and Weymouth has never been renowned as a shopping destination; as a local I have always shopped in the town but visited Bournemouth, Poole or Exeter for fashion not just recently but for the last 15 years and now we can shop online, so even more competition for our local small businesses to compete against. The council needs to its bit, which it doesn’t always get right but we must all see the bigger picture.
Weymouth is still a brilliant destination and many local people take it for granted, we are inundated with thousands of visitors a year who would love to swap places with those of you who aren't so happy here.
Well done the Stable for bringing Salt to Weymouth, it sounds great and if it is anything like your other establishments it will be a huge success. It’s a shame to see the same old moaning and groaning taking place on the echo forums, but I do appreciate that people are rather fed up. Please remember that without the Olympics we would have lost all of the same things and not gained the following: A revamped Esplanade, which looks the best it has in years. The Tower (private enterprise from Merlin Entertainments) a fabulous new attraction for our seaside town. The laser lights, which may not be to everyone's taste but much better than broken fairy lights which were tatty and extremely dated. With regards to the loss of Brewers Quay and the shops which have shut in the centre, take a look at other seaside towns, I am pretty sure they will have boarded up windows from the likes of Millets, La Senza, Game, Early Learning Centre, etc. Our town centre isn’t alone in struggling to keep its shops, and Weymouth has never been renowned as a shopping destination; as a local I have always shopped in the town but visited Bournemouth, Poole or Exeter for fashion not just recently but for the last 15 years and now we can shop online, so even more competition for our local small businesses to compete against. The council needs to its bit, which it doesn’t always get right but we must all see the bigger picture. Weymouth is still a brilliant destination and many local people take it for granted, we are inundated with thousands of visitors a year who would love to swap places with those of you who aren't so happy here. Weymouth Girl
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5:50pm Tue 29 May 12

wey_mouth says...

Simon Nicholas wrote:
Brewers Quay was originally a partnership between the local authority and the pub company/brewer who took over Devenish. The LA quickly sold their half share to the pub company and the building has had at least five different owners since them (all pub companies), the last being Greene King, who sold out to the current developer Brewers Quay LLP in 2010.

At the time of closure, the building (roof and upper floor especially) were in a very poor state of repair.

The current owners plan include building extra floors and extending to the craft workshops behind. The new Brewers Quay will contain a hotel, a number of apartments, several restaurants/bars, high end shopping retailers, an enlarged museum and space for an attraction.

It was they who decided to close the building in February 2011 - an auction was held shortly afterwards of all the fixtures & fittings (including the Time Walk pieces).

Simon N.
Well let's hope you are being paid well to justify there actions! Shame they sold the building and the staff down the river do quickly as i expect it would have been a profitable summer this year!! And maybe the echo would like to support the 3 businesses in the square which are there all year round summer and winter!
[quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: Brewers Quay was originally a partnership between the local authority and the pub company/brewer who took over Devenish. The LA quickly sold their half share to the pub company and the building has had at least five different owners since them (all pub companies), the last being Greene King, who sold out to the current developer Brewers Quay LLP in 2010. At the time of closure, the building (roof and upper floor especially) were in a very poor state of repair. The current owners plan include building extra floors and extending to the craft workshops behind. The new Brewers Quay will contain a hotel, a number of apartments, several restaurants/bars, high end shopping retailers, an enlarged museum and space for an attraction. It was they who decided to close the building in February 2011 - an auction was held shortly afterwards of all the fixtures & fittings (including the Time Walk pieces). Simon N.[/p][/quote]Well let's hope you are being paid well to justify there actions! Shame they sold the building and the staff down the river do quickly as i expect it would have been a profitable summer this year!! And maybe the echo would like to support the 3 businesses in the square which are there all year round summer and winter! wey_mouth
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