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Southend seafront pub to reopen
7:50am Saturday 2nd March 2013 in Echo News
A PUB which has stood empty on Southend seafront for almost a year has been reborn - with an emphasis on food as well as drink.
The Esplanade, which was going to be demolished and transformed into a posh hotel before plans collapsed, has been taken over by Janet Hills.
Janet, who also runs the Royal Hotel in the High Street, and the Castle Hotel in Eastern Esplanade clearly has pedigree and is on a mission.
She wants the venue to know for its food and simply stated: “I want to get people back into pubs.”
Property firm Renewals Southend has owned the pub in Western Esplanade since 2008, and after the plans for a hotel faltered, the business approached Mrs Hills to see if she would be keen to take it on.
Mrs Hills of Eastern Esplanade, Southend, said: “They came to me in September and asked if I wanted a challenge. I thought why not. I’m one for change and it’s such a big place! So many places on the seafront are derelict. The seafront needs a new eating place.”