25th April 2019
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Go-ahead for waterside cafe at Lerwick’s Sea Road

Work on the new cafe-bar Fjara at a picturesque waterside location near Tesco can now go ahead after councillors approved the plans this morning.

Local businessman Dennis Leask announced proposals in May to build the new eatery, which will feature seating for up to 40 customers.

Members of the SIC’s planning committee gave the proposals their backing when they met at the town hall this morning.

Mr Leask wants light dining, snacks and a “civilised” drinking atmosphere to be the main features when the single-storey, timber-clad construction is opened for business in Sea Road.

A planned 30-week building programme could see the cafe-bar’s doors opened to customers next spring.

The plan is to avoid catering for the “pub-crawl” market, and promises to offer views for seal-watchers to enjoy.

The cafe is expected to attract customers from Nederdale and Westerloch areas who lack similar services.


About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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  1. paul barlow

    so we will now have to pay for what was free.

  2. John Anderson

    You are not obliged to enter the building Mr Barlow. The shore is free for anyone to stroll along.

  3. David Spence

    I think it is a good site for a cafe and I am surprised Tesco never thought of it before. I just hope the building works and people visiting the cafe does not put off the seals which bask on the rocks. The view itself is quite nice. I also hope the building can stand up to the southerly gales lol

  4. Johan Adamson

    I think it is something which is needed since the demise of the cafe in Safeways.

    But I do wonder about town planning. If everything is moving oot the Sooth Road, what future is there really for the street with it being more and more difficult to park there and more and more is out of town, including work places? It is the same all over, all the business and retail parks must have an effect on the town centres. We cant sustain it all.

  5. Andrew Georgeson

    Very nice location and will attract a lot of customers I feel. I know its still very early on in the building process but I was wondering how many jobs would this café/bar support?


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