Established company takes over food operations at Island’s ports

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LOCAL company JPRestaurants has been appointed the new operator of the restaurants at the Airport and Harbour after the existing one went into administration.

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The partnership between Ports of Jersey and JPRestaurants, which runs Jersey Crab Shack, Oyster Box and Banjo restaurants, comes after former operator Casual Dining Group announced it had gone into administration due to the impact of Covid-19.

The group will launch its Café Ubé brand at both locations, initially providing a hot and cold ‘grab-and-go’ service. JPRestaurants will also operate the bar at Jersey Airport once a liquor licence is in place.

Ports of Jersey said the deal came after it was approached by ‘several local companies’. The initial provisions, which it is hoped will open on 27 July, will be based on the café-style offering at both the Airport and kiosk outlet at Elizabeth Terminal. There are plans for the offering to be expanded in due course.

Chief commercial officer for Ports of Jersey Jonathan Crick said: ‘We are extremely grateful for the speed and professionalism with which JPRestaurants has responded to our requirements.

‘Its culinary reputation here in Jersey is first class and we are delighted to welcome JPRestaurants as a new franchise partner. We look forward to working with the team in developing and enhancing our future food and beverage offering at the ports.’

JPRestaurants chief executive Dominic Jones added: ‘We are thrilled to have been selected as Ports of Jersey’s hospitality partner at the Airport and ferry terminal. Café Ubé will offer the option of an online “click-and-collect”, with fast pick-up to enable orders to be placed in advance of passengers travelling. In due course, we also plan to introduce an order-at-table service, via smartphone, at the Airport bar to assist in meeting Covid-19 safety guidelines.

‘As passenger numbers grow, we are hopeful that working together in this way will give us the opportunity to forge a longer-term relationship with Ports of Jersey that will enable us to extend our offer at both locations.

‘We also hope to develop a new and sustainable offer at The Shipyard, Elizabeth Terminal, to continue our 75-year history of serving Islanders and visitors.’

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson

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