Families visiting the artificial beach at the Westcliff in Ramsgate will be able to get hot food without the climb up to Government Acre with the launch of a new business tomorrow (May 25).
Former Smugglers Retreat kitchen manager Tyrone Keen and wife Katie, from Ramsgate, have sunk £12,000 into new venture, The Food Shack.
Just a couple of weeks ago The Food Shack was nothing more than a horse trailer but Tyrone has completely stripped it and fitted a kitchen and serving area.
The 27-year-old, who moved from Canterbury to Ramsgate six years ago, said: “After I left the Smugglers Retreat I owned a removal company but decided I wanted to go back to food, it’s what I enjoy and what all my qualifications are in. I sold the company and have used the money for The Food Shack.
“Everything will be from local produce and handmade. We will have our specials like burgers and hotdogs but you can also get a full English breakfast in a container with your knife and fork and we will have ice lollies and ice creams.
“I wanted to buy the café (at the Westcliff) but the council told me it was condemned. So many people go down there but there are no facilities, so we thought this would be ideal. We will be there 6 days a week, so it will be regular.”
The Food Shack will be at Royal Harbour Approach (through the tunnel to the artificial beach) and will also serve baguettes and rolls.
Opening times are 7am until 2.30pm every day except Sundays, although if there is demand Tyrone, with help from mum-of-one Katie, will stay for as long as the stock lasts as they are licensed to run as late as 11pm.