MORE than 500 visitors passed through the doors of a coastal cafe in its first few days.
The Lookout has opened as part of the £3.2million Seaham Marina development, with the venue on the upper floor of the 11-unit business centre in the North Dock.
The venture, which has generated eight jobs, including an apprenticeship, is owned by 30-year-old Mark Milroy, who is using his previous experience of launching cafes for Debenhams to use in his own business.
Mark, who is married to Fiona, also 30, and is dad to Mack, three, and one-year-old Willis, said: “It’s been really good and had really positive feedback so far.
“The other thing is they’ve been asking if we’ll be staying open later in the summer so they can sit out and have a glass of wine and enjoy the view.
“It was great to see so many people at the marina for its opening weekend and it’s only going to get better as more businesses join us in the retail units.
“The refurbished marina looks great and we look forward to offering a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike at The Lookout.”
The marina scheme, which opened late last year more than two years after it was due to be completed, was led by Durham County Council and Seaham Harbour Dock Company.
As well as the waterside retail units, work has been carried out to install new pontoons and dock gates, improvements have been made to the entrance on North Terrace and the lifeboat house has also been refurbished.
Coun Neil Foster, the council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We’re delighted that the marina is now open for business and hope it will be a stunning focal point in Seaham for years to come.
“The regeneration of the area has brought about significant improvements and I would urge local residents and prospective business tenants to come and see the new-look marina for themselves.” The marina has berths for up to 77 boats.
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