The Stable founders have found a second site for their new concept Swim in Bridport – though they may not convert it into a branded restaurant.
Richard and Nikki Cooper have acquired the Riverside restaurant in West Bay, which has been under the same management for some 40 years.
Richard Cooper told MCA the site would have a similar all-day café-bar-restaurant offer to Swim, their new concept which debuted in Lyme Regis earlier this year, but they are still considering whether to brand it as a Swim, or keep the original name.
Cooper said: “It’s an iconic site locally. We’re delighted because it such a great spot. It’s the first time it’s been available for 40 years
“We know this coastal stretch of the South West really well, and are very familiar with seasonal business.
“It’s a perfect match for Swim – though whether we retain the name or not, it’s a work in progress.
“It will be a Swim – though we feel that branded restaurants might not be relevant to where we are right now.
“People like the fact we’re locals and independent. It will basically be the same thing
“The location couldn’t be better, West Bay has gone from strength to strength, partly because of Broadchurch. We’ve wanted a business for 12 years, so when this opportunity came we jumped at it.
On trading so far in Lyme Regis, Cooper added: “It’s been a bit too good – we almost sank without trace over Easter. It’s great – beyond our expectations. The weather obviously helped. We’ve had a very strong weekend trade – and through the week and daytime too.”
Cooper said they had been offered several more sites, for Swim, but wanted to focus on a few good restaurants rather than a major rollout.