Hard work and passion has resulted in the completion of a vision for the Curson family with the official opening on Friday of the new bar and grill at the Worzals site.
The latest expansion of the Lynn Road site has taken five months to complete and has led to a “substantial investment” at the Walton Highway premises.
After trial runs for the staff throughout the week, the new bar and grill hosted a charity night on Thursday with invited guests, family and friends who were given the chance to sample some of the food in return for a donation to the Citizen-backed charity, A Local Wish.
Business women Christina Purcell and Nickie Bantoft, founders of the charity, told guests their donations will help deserving local families and individuals to enjoy a special treat at the end of the year. Launched this April, A Local Wish has raised £13,000 so far and Christina and Nickie said it will continue next year with fundraising for a bigger project.
Kevin Curson, the man behind the Worzals project, praised his family saying: “I am proud of all my family and so proud of all my team of staff.”
He revealed that further expansion plans for the site, which houses an existing coffee shop and restaurant, garden centre and home store, are also in the pipeline.
Family involved alongside Kevin are wife Nicola, daughter Jessie Claydon and her husband Sam, and son Joe.
Mr Curson said Worzals is “owned by us as a family with financial support by Matthew Smart at ECF (Eastern Counties Finance)”.
So far, development of the site, which has been open two years next month, has resulted in jobs for around 70 staff. Mr Curson is hoping local people will get behind the venture and give it their support.
“No corners have been cut to deliver what we have delivered with this project and we hope people will realise that they have something like this on their doorstep,” he added.
Restaurant manager Amy Conyard paid tribute to the family saying that hard work and passion had gone into the project which has grown from a vision the family had for many years.
She told guests the family have created something for “people of all ages” as well as creating new jobs for the area.