Blackpool FC on the ball to help couples

Sam Oyston, general manager at the Blackpool FC hotel, and Taline Tchobanian, from the Beach House
Sam Oyston, general manager at the Blackpool FC hotel, and Taline Tchobanian, from the Beach House
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A resort restaurant left completely devastated by last week’s storm has found a new home – inside Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium.

As reported in The Gazette last week, staff and customers at the Beach House, on the Promenade, were left distraught after high winds gutted their property causing hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage.

But the Tangerines came to the restaurant’s rescue after it was fully booked with couples who had been due to celebrate Valentine’s Day there.

And Beach House managed to relocate its dining experience to the directors box at the stadium after club chairman Karl Oyston’s son and Black-pool FC Hotel general manager, Sam Oyston, saw first hand the damage caused by the storm.

Now, after the success of the “pop up” Beach House, the restaurant is planning to continue hosting diners on Friday and Saturday nights at the stadium to say thank you to loyal customers who have stuck by them.

Owner Hagop Tchobanian said: “We couldn’t have done it without the hotel and Sam helping us out but all our staff really have been amazing.

“We rallied round and it’s paid off, it’s just nice that our neighbours are so helpful in these circumstances, and the customers absolutely loved it.”

Mr Tchobanian also paid tribute to the emergency services who helped his staff on the night of the storm, adding: “We want to say thank you to all the fire brigade. You can’t believe how good these people were, it’s opened my eyes.”

The restaurant hopes to reopen its Promenade premises by Easter.

Mr Oyston was driving down the Promenade on Wednesday evening when he saw the damage and offered to help out.

He said: “I just suggested that maybe they could open up a makeshift restaurant in the directors’ box. They took me up on the offer and it was a real success. They’re great friends and it’s good for local businesses to stick together.

“Blackpool’s a small place and there’s a lot of negative press, so it’s quite nice to have something nice come out of this disaster.”