Westcliff shop to become Italian restaurant

Southend Standard: Servet Kilic Servet Kilic

A LANDMARK building near Westcliff’s Palace Theatre is set to get a new lease of life – after standing empty for nearly a year.

The former Classic Brass shop, opposite the theatre, is to re-open as an Italian restaurant called Il Palazo, after two months of refurbishment.

Servet Kilic, whose family already run the Lemon Tree restaurant in Southchurch Road, Southend, the Olive Tree near the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff, and the Palm Tree in Leigh, is the man behind the new venture.

He said: “We will have an Italian menu, catering for people before and after shows at the Palace Theatre, but it will also be for local people to enjoy.

“It will be clean and modern, with a warm welcome for everyone.

“We are talking to builders at the moment. I’m expecting the work to take a couple of months but we hope to be open in the spring.”

The restaurant will have room for 60 diners. It has five parking spaces, but there are plans to provide more.

Classic Brass closed in February last year, after 35 years of selling ironmongery and doors.

The prominent site originally went on the market for £225,000.

It was later put up for auction but it failed to reach its reserve price.

Gerard Biagioni, of estate agent Dedman Gray Commercial, in Thorpe Bay, handled the sale to Mr Kilic, who bought the shop after getting planning permission to convert it into a restaurant from Southend Council.

Mr Biagioni said: “It’s a lovely building.

“It had been allowed to decay so it’s lovely to see such a nice building brought back and lovingly restored.”

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12:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

He made them an offer they couldn't refuse
He made them an offer they couldn't refuse Howard Cháse

1:22pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Handstand60 says...

and parking for this restaurant would be where????
and parking for this restaurant would be where???? Handstand60

1:52pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Handstand60 wrote:
and parking for this restaurant would be where????
where ever the parking was for the Brass knocker shop....or maybe in parking bays along with all the other Restaurants along London road, simple.
[quote][p][bold]Handstand60[/bold] wrote: and parking for this restaurant would be where????[/p][/quote]where ever the parking was for the Brass knocker shop....or maybe in parking bays along with all the other Restaurants along London road, simple. DogsMessInLeigh

1:53pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Elephantman2 says...

Handstand60 wrote:
and parking for this restaurant would be where????
Same area as for the Palace I guess :)
[quote][p][bold]Handstand60[/bold] wrote: and parking for this restaurant would be where????[/p][/quote]Same area as for the Palace I guess :) Elephantman2

2:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

profondo asbo says...

killic..about as italian as jones
killic..about as italian as jones profondo asbo

2:20pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

profondo asbo wrote:
killic..about as italian as jones
Not hard to cook spaghetti though.
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: killic..about as italian as jones[/p][/quote]Not hard to cook spaghetti though. DogsMessInLeigh

2:24pm Mon 27 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Handstand60 wrote: and parking for this restaurant would be where????
where ever the parking was for the Brass knocker shop....or maybe in parking bays along with all the other Restaurants along London road, simple.
exactly, hardly a problem parking around there in the evening, but do that many actually drive going out for meal ? personally i like the vino too much.....
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Handstand60[/bold] wrote: and parking for this restaurant would be where????[/p][/quote]where ever the parking was for the Brass knocker shop....or maybe in parking bays along with all the other Restaurants along London road, simple.[/p][/quote]exactly, hardly a problem parking around there in the evening, but do that many actually drive going out for meal ? personally i like the vino too much..... pembury53

3:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Hope the menu isn't too cheap, don't want a floor full of idiots....
Hope the menu isn't too cheap, don't want a floor full of idiots.... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

4:17pm Mon 27 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
Hope the menu isn't too cheap, don't want a floor full of idiots....
true, although i doubt people paying top dollar will particularly enjoy a slalom round several homeless in adjacent doorways, on their way in, and out.....
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: Hope the menu isn't too cheap, don't want a floor full of idiots....[/p][/quote]true, although i doubt people paying top dollar will particularly enjoy a slalom round several homeless in adjacent doorways, on their way in, and out..... pembury53

4:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
killic..about as italian as jones
Not hard to cook spaghetti though.
I could be wrong but perhaps Heinz Spaghetti may not be on the regular menu, though it might show up on the Wednesday OAP Special...if that's your thing !
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: killic..about as italian as jones[/p][/quote]Not hard to cook spaghetti though.[/p][/quote]I could be wrong but perhaps Heinz Spaghetti may not be on the regular menu, though it might show up on the Wednesday OAP Special...if that's your thing ! You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

4:57pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Handstand60 says...

Elephantman2 wrote:
Handstand60 wrote:
and parking for this restaurant would be where????
Same area as for the Palace I guess :)
Residential side streets that are already double parked then.
[quote][p][bold]Elephantman2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Handstand60[/bold] wrote: and parking for this restaurant would be where????[/p][/quote]Same area as for the Palace I guess :)[/p][/quote]Residential side streets that are already double parked then. Handstand60

5:06pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Britanniaman says...

I love Italian food but year parking on that London road can be a nightmare i used to go to spaghetti junction a lot but parking around near there is getting impossible lets see if they do better deals and then the walk to the car might be worth it.
I love Italian food but year parking on that London road can be a nightmare i used to go to spaghetti junction a lot but parking around near there is getting impossible lets see if they do better deals and then the walk to the car might be worth it. Britanniaman

5:12pm Mon 27 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

No parking bad move.
No parking bad move. jolllyboy

5:18pm Mon 27 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Britanniaman wrote:
I love Italian food but year parking on that London road can be a nightmare i used to go to spaghetti junction a lot but parking around near there is getting impossible lets see if they do better deals and then the walk to the car might be worth it.
You might be better off at the chippy, this is a class emporium
[quote][p][bold]Britanniaman[/bold] wrote: I love Italian food but year parking on that London road can be a nightmare i used to go to spaghetti junction a lot but parking around near there is getting impossible lets see if they do better deals and then the walk to the car might be worth it.[/p][/quote]You might be better off at the chippy, this is a class emporium You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

5:50pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Britanniaman says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
Britanniaman wrote:
I love Italian food but year parking on that London road can be a nightmare i used to go to spaghetti junction a lot but parking around near there is getting impossible lets see if they do better deals and then the walk to the car might be worth it.
You might be better off at the chippy, this is a class emporium
Lol the only fish and chip shop i would go is the one in old leigh Mayflower they cook the chips fresh and don't leave half cooked chips for the next customer like most do and they clean there cooking oil out regular. Best chippy in Essex and they also still do the cones packages so easy to walk with.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Britanniaman[/bold] wrote: I love Italian food but year parking on that London road can be a nightmare i used to go to spaghetti junction a lot but parking around near there is getting impossible lets see if they do better deals and then the walk to the car might be worth it.[/p][/quote]You might be better off at the chippy, this is a class emporium[/p][/quote]Lol the only fish and chip shop i would go is the one in old leigh Mayflower they cook the chips fresh and don't leave half cooked chips for the next customer like most do and they clean there cooking oil out regular. Best chippy in Essex and they also still do the cones packages so easy to walk with. Britanniaman

6:26pm Mon 27 Jan 14

rhowes says...

Back to the story. Good to see this building being re-occupied. Well done Servet and Margaret! I can walk, but I would take a bus if it were too far away from this very central part of Southend. Good luck!
Back to the story. Good to see this building being re-occupied. Well done Servet and Margaret! I can walk, but I would take a bus if it were too far away from this very central part of Southend. Good luck! rhowes

7:13pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Little John says...

Handstand60 wrote:
Elephantman2 wrote:
Handstand60 wrote:
and parking for this restaurant would be where????
Same area as for the Palace I guess :)
Residential side streets that are already double parked then.
There is a car park behind what was Classic Brass which I'm sure would be sold with the building. Parked in it many times when I used the shop. Only holds around 4 to 5 cars but it's better than any other nearby restaurant I can think of. In fact, I can't think of any nearby restaurants on the London Rd with a car park at all.
[quote][p][bold]Handstand60[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Elephantman2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Handstand60[/bold] wrote: and parking for this restaurant would be where????[/p][/quote]Same area as for the Palace I guess :)[/p][/quote]Residential side streets that are already double parked then.[/p][/quote]There is a car park behind what was Classic Brass which I'm sure would be sold with the building. Parked in it many times when I used the shop. Only holds around 4 to 5 cars but it's better than any other nearby restaurant I can think of. In fact, I can't think of any nearby restaurants on the London Rd with a car park at all. Little John

8:43pm Mon 27 Jan 14

profondo asbo says...

an italian restaurant run by a turk. i give it 6 months before the banks pull the plug.
why not a turkish restaurant..there must be 40 other italian restaurants on the london road already?
an italian restaurant run by a turk. i give it 6 months before the banks pull the plug. why not a turkish restaurant..there must be 40 other italian restaurants on the london road already? profondo asbo

8:52pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Handstand60 wrote:
Elephantman2 wrote:
Handstand60 wrote:
and parking for this restaurant would be where????
Same area as for the Palace I guess :)
Residential side streets that are already double parked then.
They are all double parked because many of the houses in the area were built with no garages/driveways, which was ok at the time as not all homes had a car...then the lovely houses got brought up and converted into multi flats...bringing in double or triple the amount of residents and those residents all had a car or cars and those cars need to be parked somewhere, you can't blame a restaurateur (who is brave enough to put money into the area i might add) because some of his customers might park in a side street.
[quote][p][bold]Handstand60[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Elephantman2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Handstand60[/bold] wrote: and parking for this restaurant would be where????[/p][/quote]Same area as for the Palace I guess :)[/p][/quote]Residential side streets that are already double parked then.[/p][/quote]They are all double parked because many of the houses in the area were built with no garages/driveways, which was ok at the time as not all homes had a car...then the lovely houses got brought up and converted into multi flats...bringing in double or triple the amount of residents and those residents all had a car or cars and those cars need to be parked somewhere, you can't blame a restaurateur (who is brave enough to put money into the area i might add) because some of his customers might park in a side street. DogsMessInLeigh

9:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

profondo asbo wrote:
an italian restaurant run by a turk. i give it 6 months before the banks pull the plug.
why not a turkish restaurant..there must be 40 other italian restaurants on the london road already?
approx 8 (Leigh to Southend)..and thats inc 2 chains.near to the High street...not a fan then..?
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: an italian restaurant run by a turk. i give it 6 months before the banks pull the plug. why not a turkish restaurant..there must be 40 other italian restaurants on the london road already?[/p][/quote]approx 8 (Leigh to Southend)..and thats inc 2 chains.near to the High street...not a fan then..? DogsMessInLeigh

9:21pm Mon 27 Jan 14

profondo asbo says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
an italian restaurant run by a turk. i give it 6 months before the banks pull the plug.
why not a turkish restaurant..there must be 40 other italian restaurants on the london road already?
approx 8 (Leigh to Southend)..and thats inc 2 chains.near to the High street...not a fan then..?
it's an overbroked market. the area is screaming for a decent restaurant. another london road italian (run by a turk) is unlikely to fit the bill
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: an italian restaurant run by a turk. i give it 6 months before the banks pull the plug. why not a turkish restaurant..there must be 40 other italian restaurants on the london road already?[/p][/quote]approx 8 (Leigh to Southend)..and thats inc 2 chains.near to the High street...not a fan then..?[/p][/quote]it's an overbroked market. the area is screaming for a decent restaurant. another london road italian (run by a turk) is unlikely to fit the bill profondo asbo

8:14am Tue 28 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

profondo asbo wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
profondo asbo wrote: an italian restaurant run by a turk. i give it 6 months before the banks pull the plug. why not a turkish restaurant..there must be 40 other italian restaurants on the london road already?
approx 8 (Leigh to Southend)..and thats inc 2 chains.near to the High street...not a fan then..?
it's an overbroked market. the area is screaming for a decent restaurant. another london road italian (run by a turk) is unlikely to fit the bill
I actually agree with that, it is a bit overbroked on italian.... i'm surprised if it is only around 8 but you have also have a couple in hamlet court road and 3 more in shorefield on the seafront...... i reckon an indonesian or vietmenese would go well.... as nice as it is, thai is a bit old hat now....
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: an italian restaurant run by a turk. i give it 6 months before the banks pull the plug. why not a turkish restaurant..there must be 40 other italian restaurants on the london road already?[/p][/quote]approx 8 (Leigh to Southend)..and thats inc 2 chains.near to the High street...not a fan then..?[/p][/quote]it's an overbroked market. the area is screaming for a decent restaurant. another london road italian (run by a turk) is unlikely to fit the bill[/p][/quote]I actually agree with that, it is a bit overbroked on italian.... i'm surprised if it is only around 8 but you have also have a couple in hamlet court road and 3 more in shorefield on the seafront...... i reckon an indonesian or vietmenese would go well.... as nice as it is, thai is a bit old hat now.... pembury53

11:39am Tue 28 Jan 14

jantone says...

I have been to all the other restaurants owned by Servet, & they are all extremely good & well run!!
Good luck to him in his new venture, & to all the other stupid, negative thinking people out there, just get a life. No one is forcing you to go to it, you will be better off at a "greasy spoon"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been to all the other restaurants owned by Servet, & they are all extremely good & well run!! Good luck to him in his new venture, & to all the other stupid, negative thinking people out there, just get a life. No one is forcing you to go to it, you will be better off at a "greasy spoon"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jantone

2:48pm Tue 28 Jan 14

heartbeat says...

rhowes wrote:
Back to the story. Good to see this building being re-occupied. Well done Servet and Margaret! I can walk, but I would take a bus if it were too far away from this very central part of Southend. Good luck!
Getting the bus is not a good option for under-60s as bus fares are so expensive just to go a few stops, and if visiting the theatre is the reason for visiting the restaurant then I wouldnt want to rely on getting a bus late in the evening any more than I would want to walk through Westcliff late in the evening.

Still like the idea of a decent restaurant in the area though.
[quote][p][bold]rhowes[/bold] wrote: Back to the story. Good to see this building being re-occupied. Well done Servet and Margaret! I can walk, but I would take a bus if it were too far away from this very central part of Southend. Good luck![/p][/quote]Getting the bus is not a good option for under-60s as bus fares are so expensive just to go a few stops, and if visiting the theatre is the reason for visiting the restaurant then I wouldnt want to rely on getting a bus late in the evening any more than I would want to walk through Westcliff late in the evening. Still like the idea of a decent restaurant in the area though. heartbeat

5:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Delmar says...

Good luck Servit & humbug to all the negative people out there !! From our experience eating in The Olive Tree we found that Servit & all his staff know how to treat their customers. May the new restaurant be very successful & all the good luck for its future.
Good luck Servit & humbug to all the negative people out there !! From our experience eating in The Olive Tree we found that Servit & all his staff know how to treat their customers. May the new restaurant be very successful & all the good luck for its future. Delmar

4:44pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

profondo asbo wrote:
killic..about as italian as jones
Is he Turkish or Eastern European ? not very Italian but admire his business accumen
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: killic..about as italian as jones[/p][/quote]Is he Turkish or Eastern European ? not very Italian but admire his business accumen Bernard Fatsack

7:33pm Wed 29 Jan 14

rhowes says...

Bernard Fatsack wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
killic..about as italian as jones
Is he Turkish or Eastern European ? not very Italian but admire his business accumen
Servet is a Kurdish Turk. A chef with good experience of Italian cuisine.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard Fatsack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: killic..about as italian as jones[/p][/quote]Is he Turkish or Eastern European ? not very Italian but admire his business accumen[/p][/quote]Servet is a Kurdish Turk. A chef with good experience of Italian cuisine. rhowes

7:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

rhowes says...

Bernard Fatsack wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
killic..about as italian as jones
Is he Turkish or Eastern European ? not very Italian but admire his business accumen
Servet is a Kurdish Turk. A chef with good experience of Italian cuisine.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard Fatsack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: killic..about as italian as jones[/p][/quote]Is he Turkish or Eastern European ? not very Italian but admire his business accumen[/p][/quote]Servet is a Kurdish Turk. A chef with good experience of Italian cuisine. rhowes

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