A father and son team are branching out with their catering business to establish a permanent site in Margate.
Tomas Eriksson, 39, and son Rio, 15, already run success catering and events company Margate Supper and are now hard at work refurbishing their first bistro in New Street.
The former Ministry of Pies building is currently being gutted and renovated with new wiring, flooring, kitchen and refurb to create the 16 cover New Street Bistro.
Dad-of-four Tomas, who moved to the isle three years ago, says the venture will be influenced by his Swedish roots, serving a bistro menu of good, affordable food, wines and local beers.
Tomas and Rio are already well-known for their Margate Supper food from events at Cliffs in Northdown Road and Margate Football Club as well as private functions.
Tomas said: “We started Margate Supper in January 2017 so we’ve been going for two years now. We’ve done lots of weddings, private catering and corporate events.
“I’ve been a chef all my life and have spent most of my time in the UK working for the Soho House Group and also a really cool events company called Disappearing Dining Club, based in east London.
“The new site will be a bistro, not a bar, so is about the food. We have always wanted somewhere permanent and this came up.
“It is really starting to come alive in this bit of Margate, with another new restaurant due to open a bit further along.”
Tomas says the move to Margate has been ‘life-changing’ in a variety of ways, from leaving behind the possible impacts of London gang culture on his sons to finding a more balanced lifestyle where the family can spend time together.
The aim to to open the New Street Bistro in June or July. Opening hours will be Wednesday to Sunday for lunches and dinners.
Find out more about Margate Supper at www.margatesupper.co.uk