A new Italian-style outdoor café based in a specially created tram is opening in Plymouth’s prime waterfront destination.
Alfresco! will be sited at Quay Point in Sutton Harbour opposite the Mayflower Steps, offering a range of tasty Italian-style sandwiches, Panini, pastries and fresh coffee, served from a custom-designed tram with outdoor tables and chairs.
The new café, due to open in Britain’s Ocean City in early May, is the brainchild of the team behind hugely popular eatery Cap’n Jaspers, also in Sutton Harbour, though it will have an entirely different style and an independent management team.
Adrian Curtin, who runs Cap’n Jaspers with his wife Georgie, daughter of John Dudley who first started the café on Whitehouse Pier in 1978, said Alfresco! would be a new venture.
Adrian Curtin said: “Alfresco! will be a completely separate café with a very different feel, and offer a range of Italian-style food and drink from our purpose-built tram catering unit, which we have had made especially for this location.
“Quay Point is a fabulous spot in Sutton Harbour in a prime position on Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront, and a popular location for visitors who come to see the Mayflower Steps, stroll around the marina and the harbour, or to visit the National Marine Aquarium across the pedestrian bridge.”
Paul James, Asset Manager at Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, said: “We are delighted to have agreed a permanent tenancy with the Curtins for this prime site at Quay Point in Sutton Harbour, and look forward to Alfresco! opening in early May, offering a brand new café for visitors to enjoy.
“Sutton Harbour is fast becoming a must-visit food and drink destination with enormously successful venues like Rockfish and recently opened pizza restaurant The Stable, and we are very pleased that the team behind the Plymouth institution that is Cap’n Jaspers will be expanding its enterprise to create a new Italian-style café.”
Cap’n Jaspers has grown substantially since Georgie and Adrian Curtin took over its management in 2001, and last year the legendary Plymouth eatery underwent a revamp to create a new serving structure beneath the natural wood canopy, with seating created on all four sides. The harbourside café is famous for its half-yard hot dogs and Jasperizer burgers, and expanded to meet growing demand.
Sutton Harbour is also home to a wide variety of popular food and drink destinations including The Dolphin House Brazzerie, the Glassblowing House, Meze Grill, Rockfish, Rockets & Rascals, The Real Food Kitchen and recently opened pizza chain The Stable, which launched from revamped premises on Vauxhall Quay in early April.
The Quay Point site where Alfresco! will be based was previously occupied by Cobbles Ices, which sold drinks, snacks and ice cream from an old-style van and adjacent trailer.
Michael Raddie and Louise Creamer from Cobbles Ices are in talks with Sutton Harbour Holdings plc about relocating their ice cream van to another location in the harbour.
Michael Raddie from Cobbles Ices said: “Louise and I want to express our upmost gratitude to Sutton Harbour Holdings for giving us the opportunity to play a role in the development of the previously unoccupied site at Quay Point, which we will always be eternally proud of.
“We look forward to seeing the new tenant carry Quay Point forward to its full potential and wish them the best of luck. We are in negotiations to develop several of many other unoccupied spaces around the harbour and we look forward to these new opportunities.”