Grève de Lecq café sold after 50 years

A LANDMARK site on the Island’s north coast has been sold after almost half a century of family ownership.

Seaside Café
Seaside Café

The Seaside Café at Grève de Lecq, formerly the Café Romany, has been sold by the Lewis family, who acquired it in the early 1970s.

The family also operates Tantivy Blue Coach and formerly owned attractions including the Living Legend, the Boardwalk Café in St Brélade and the Oliver Twist at the Weighbridge.

Chris Lewis said that the sale had gone through following an approach earlier in the year.

‘The Seaside hadn’t been up for sale, but we were approached and felt that it was time to move on,’ he said.

Mr Lewis said that the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic had been a significant factor in the decision to sell.

‘It’s made things very difficult for the hospitality and travel industry,’ he said. ‘We’ve had a very happy period running the café, but Covid-19 has changed everything dramatically and we don’t know how long it will take to recover.’

Mr Lewis said he hopes the Seaside Café, which is currently closed for the winter, will operate for one more summer season, but that he was unsure what plans the new owner had for the site beyond next year. The JEP has attempted to contact the new owner.

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