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Unique café bar & restaurant on the market ‘The Cat’s Pyjamas’

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has brought to the market The Cat’s Pyjamas, a contemporary café bar & restaurant in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, in a fantastic location with sea views across the South Bay.

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Located within the historic Central Tramway, the oldest surviving tramway in the country, the newly refurbished venue provides 75 covers across two floors and a further 40 on the outside terrace. Via the tram, there is easy access to the beach which is popular with locals and tourists alike, as Scarborough draws high volumes of visitors to its coastal hotspots.

Having been open since March 2018, the business has already established itself as a popular spot in South Bay for a variety of custom, including brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, as well as a 20 strong gin menu, and hosting regular gin & jazz nights.

The current owners opened the business following a £40,000 renovation program but have taken the decision to sell the leasehold to focus on their young family and pass the reins onto a new owner-operator who can help the business to grow. They comment, “We are very proud of the brand and concept we have created, and the venue has so much potential for an owner operator. We have tripled the sales in this first year from the previous owner’s annual turnover and gained 4/5 stars on TripAdvisor with over 60 reviews. We have found it is just too difficult to manage the business from our home in Leeds alongside raising a very young family.” 

Matthew Hendry, Business Agent at Christie & Co is handling the sale and comments, “We anticipate high levels of interest in this business as the history of the property makes it a fascinating prospect. Coupled with its location overlooking South Bay and potential to increase trade, this is a one in a million opportunity for a new operator to take on a fantastic turnkey business.

“Currently, there is scope to increase trading hours, capitalising on the events aspect of the business, and boosting promotional and marketing activities.”

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