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Sun shines on return of storm-hit bistro

The re-opening of Beach House Bistro on the promenade in Blackpool - the venue was devastated by storms in February. Photos by Stuart Ford Photography.

The re-opening of Beach House Bistro on the promenade in Blackpool - the venue was devastated by storms in February. Photos by Stuart Ford Photography.

The weather was kind to the Beach House Bistro this weekend as the sun shone for its relaunch party - after it was left devastated by storms which battered the Fylde coast in February.

The seafront bistro and bar has had thousands invested in its redevelopment after winds of up to 90mph battered its frontage, flooding its inside and wiping out equipment and furniture.

The popular promenade venue saw hundreds of well-wishers join the re-opening event on Friday event, including boxer Brian Rose and singer Linda Nolan, to see the revamped interior.

Owner Hagop Tchobanian said it is a relief to be back in business after spending the best part of six months renovating the building and missing key weeks of trading during the summer months.

He added: “It’s taken such a long time, we had to take it right back to a shell, so it feels fantastic to have reopened now and I think the outcome is very good.

“Blackpool deserves somewhere like this.”

The devastating floods were an opportunity for the business to start over, adopting a new design and enlisting the help and support of a number of Fylde coast businesses to carry out work, including commissioning a unique piece from Wyre glass blower John Ditchfield.

Mr Tchobanian added: “We’ve tried to turn a negative into a positive so we’ve changed the whole place completely, we’ve made the most of it.

“I have to thank all the local people and businesses who have done the work, I’m indebted to them. And other businesses have been very supportive too.”

Guests were entertained by magician Matthew Rooker.

To celebrate its reopening the bistro is supporting the Headsmart Awareness Month for brain tumours in children.

 

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