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 restaurant expected to welcome visitors in July.
The team behind The Stable pizza and cider house will open a ‘pop-up- bar’ 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.
“Above all, the Salt team will bring the same chilled atmosphere that has made The Stable so popular.
“Think cool music, relaxed ambience and a delicious dollop of fun.”
Matt Pye, from Bartle Pye Commercial, which let out the building, said getting part of the site back in use for the Olympics was an opportunity not to be missed.
He said: “The tenants realise the Olympics are important and they need to get something in place for then.”
Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillor John Birtwistle, who has previously voiced concerns about the closure of Brewers Quay, said he was delighted at the news.
He said: “I am very pleased because I have been worried that it was turning into a derelict site so I think it’s a really good idea.”
Coun Birtwistle said he imagined the incoming tenant would have been persuaded by the opportunity provided by the Olympics and the proximity to the ticketed site at the Nothe Fort.
He said: “It’s on the way and will enable people to stop off for refreshment before they climb the hill to go up to the paying site.”