KING’S LYNN: Green Quay’s café and museum to reopen ...
A closed café and museum could be re-opening in the spring under a new guise as Lynn’s waterfront is regenerated.
Trustees of the Green Quay are hoping to revert back to the building’s former name of Marriott’s Warehouse if its plans are approved.
Six people lost their jobs when the museum, exhibition centre and café in South Quay closed on September 30 last year due to the economic downturn and poor summer.
But the board of trustees is hoping that it can turn around its fortunes by bringing in a business partner to run the café along with meeting room hire and holding exhibitions.
It is hoped to be a tourist attraction to the South Quay, which will soon be home to six pontoons to attract pleasure boaters. Nearby Hanse House is being re-developed as an indoor market and restaurant.
First the committee must overcome a number of hurdles, including gaining the Charity Commission’s permission to change the trust’s name.
Chairman Dr Paul Richards said it has taken time to get to this stage but members have been encouraged by the waterfront plans.
He said: “Although there is an economic recession, it is good to see the optimism to bring more people to that part of Lynn which is of great historical interest. We have a great selection of warehouses and buildings.
“The trust is hoping that we can meet the final couple of hurdles and be open in April.
“It could be a fresh start and the restaurant will give us an income which will hopefully to run the place.”
The warehouse was once owned by brothers, H S and J L Marriott, who were Victorian merchants. They ran a granary and malting along the South Quay. The building was used as a warehouse up until the 1970s, when it was closed.
It stood empty for many years before being restored as part of a £4.5 million Millennium Project to revamp Lynn’s waterfront.
Public funds paid for the £900,000 refurbishment of the Grade II listed warehouse, which forms part of Lynn’s link to the medieval Hanseatic League, which dominated trade in the 13th Century when Lynn emerged as one of Britain’s most important ports. The Green Quay opened in 2000.
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