Sussex pier available for budding restaurateur

In an effort to help aspiring restaurateurs, one business will be offering up its end-of-the-pier venue just off the coast of Worthing for the next 18 months, and there’s no catch.

The art deco southern pavilion of Worthing Pier was recently restored by the team at Perch, a Sussex-based restaurant group with venues in Lancing and Eastbourne, as The Nest, a spot perched in the English Channel offering coastal views and a glimpse of the South Downs on the horizon.

However, the 35-cover dining area and kitchen bristling with brand new equipment will not be occupied by Perch. Over the next 18 months, the space will be provided to an operator looking for a foothold in Worthing. Additionally, Perch will be offering support when it comes to accounting, marketing, HR, and the various other challenges that hospitality venues face. Rent will be set as a percentage based on turnover, making one of the biggest operating costs for restaurants somewhat more manageable.

Perch managing director Alexander Coombes said: “This is one of the finest dining spaces and I’m tremendously excited to see the ideas and developments that come from it. We want to support and grow a great idea into another fantastic restaurant in Worthing.”

Within the next two years, that restaurateur will have to fly The Nest, though Perch will assist them in finding new premises. After that, another operator will take their place. The ultimate aim of the project is to provide an opportunity for those who wish to bolster Worthing’s restaurant scene.

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