The first stage of the renovation and development of the Civic Hall was the opening of an Italian style restaurant. On Monday the 12th December we had the official opening night. Around 95 people attended including the Mayoress of South Tyneside and the former Mayor of South Tyneside. Photographs taken on the night can be seen in an album which has been put on the gallery page of this site.
Everyone who attended was really impressed with the standard of furnishings and decor. A buffet meal was prepared by the chefs and was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The mayoress gave a small speech welcoming everyone and gave a brief history of the building. I also gave a small speech explaining why I took on the daunting task of renovating and bringing back to life this great building.
Since the opening we have enjoyed a brisk and encouraging start to trading with many satisfied customers. Two of our first customers took the time to write a testimonial whilst at the restaurant and they can be seen on the testimonial page. As with any new venture there have been one or two teething problems but these are being ironed out and the new staff are settling down to their roles.
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