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Hazlehead Park kiosk reopens as major upgrade of restaurant gathers pace

01/11/12

The major refurbishment of Hazlehead Park's restaurant has reached a milestone with the reopening of the nearby kiosk, serving light refreshments.

L-R Architect Bob Kennedy,Aberdeen City Council Environmental Manager Steven Shaw and Ian Hogg, Coffee Societea Limited. A new operator has been identified to take over the running of the restaurant, which includes the kiosk, and work continues apace to completely refurbish the venue.

The reopening of the kiosk marks the first phase of the refurbishment. The kiosk is open now serving hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks.

Councillor Neil Cooney, convener of Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee, said: "This is fantastic news for visitors to Hazlehead Park who can now enjoy this wonderful attraction with a drink or something to eat.

"The current situation with the restaurant is not ideal but the opening of the kiosk marks an important milestone as we continue to work towards the restaurant itself reopening. I am confident that the changes being made will be welcome by visitors.

"I have been impressed with the work taking place to completely refurbish the restaurant at the park and I am confident the wait will have been worth it. We can all look forward to a first class venue in the heart of one of our most popular parks."

Aberdeen City Council Environmental Manager Steven Shaw added: "The work at the Hazlehead Park restaurant is on schedule and all going to plan. The interior has been stripped back and the new operator is now waiting for building warrant approval so the interior rebuild work can get under way.

"I would ask park users to continue to bear with us as we work towards reopening as soon as possible. In the meantime they can enjoy a drink and something to eat from the kiosk." Murphy the dog and owner Sherida Bain get a drink at the newly opened kiosk.

Architect Bob Kennedy is behind the design of the restaurant and kiosk refurbishment and is also co-director of Coffee Societea Limited, the firm operating the kiosk and eventually the restaurant.

He said: "We now have a dependable, contemporary facility in Hazlehead Park providing park users with a variety of light refreshments including teas and coffees – a must as the cold winter days draw in.

"A significant investment has been made to bring the kiosk up to a high standard and the addition of decking, tables and chairs offers visitors to the park a chance to take a rest and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

"This is the first step in our commitment to Hazlehead Park as we work hard to breathe new life into the restaurant."