Seaway development: Three restaurants confirmed as part of new complex in old Southend car park

Three new restaurants have been announced as forming part of plans to turn an Essex car park into a leisure park with a cinema, hotel and a bowling alley.

The huge Seaway development – which is a £50m investment – will be a stone’s throw away from Southend-on-Sea’s seafront.

The proposals were first drawn up in 2012, and there have been ups and downs in the nine years that have followed.

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The plans to re-generate the Seaway car park were given planning permission in October 2020.

With the development set to open in Autumn 2023, it’s now been announced that three restaurants have agreed terms to join the line up of businesses coming to the complex.

What’s involved in the Seaway development?

The plan would redevelop the council-owned car park, building a new leisure-focused complex.

It would include:

  • An 11-screen Empire cinema, complete with IMAX
  • A 20-lane Hollywood Bowl bowling alley
  • A number of different restaurants and cafes offering a “wide-range of cuisines”
  • An 80-room Travelodge hotel
  • Active indoor leisure uses, such as a rock-climbing wall, indoor golf and a gym
  • A new surface and multi-storey car park
  • A new public square, showing historic settign of St John the Baptist church
  • A new coach drop off and collection point

The project developer – Turnstone Estates – said that a Turkish restaurant, burger company, and pizza restaurant, will all be joining the leisure complex in Spring 2024.

Kervan Kitchen will provide “authentic Turkish flavour” with its food.

It will occupy a unit with the capacity to serve 180 people and offer a “visual dining experience” for customers.

Owners of Kervan Kitchen, Maggie Themistocli and Savas Firat, said: “With already three locations in Essex now established, we are excited to take Kervan Kitchen to the next level in Southend.

“Visitors can expect a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere with a luxe and modern dining experience”.

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Burger Amour, a burger restaurant, has also joined the complex, as well as its sister company DOUGH&co – which will serve traditional Italian, woodfired pizzas.

The two restaurants will occupy two units at Seaway, totalling 6,000 sq ft, and offering over 200 seats.

Chris Sharman, owner of Burger Amour and DOUGH&co, said: “We have a number of locations already well established in East Anglia and look forward to serving our fresh and tasty offer to the residents and visitors to Southend.

“Not only do we have enticing menus, our restaurants will be striking as our wall panelling and tables are all made from recycled pallets.”

Turnstone Estates said the arrivals would create 110 new job opportunities for Southend and the local area.

Tim Deacon, Director of Turnstone Estates, said: “These trio of signings will provide a boost to Southend’s town centre economy, helping us to create over 500 jobs through the Seaway development.

“I really look forward to seeing the opening of Kervan Kitchen, Burger Amor and DOUGH&co, along with the other leisure experiences, that will revitalise the town centre and build a better Southend.

“The three restaurants are a real compliment to the tenant line up of the already committed Hollywood Bowl, Empire Cinemas and Travelodge”.

The Seaway development will bring an estimated £15m every year to Southend’s town centre economy.

Last month, it was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Southend would become a city.

It followed the tragic killing of Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, on October 15 as he had campaigned for years for the town to get city status.

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