A new cafe is looking for local inspiration to make a name for itself.
Work is taking place to transform the former restaurant on the corner of Marine Avenue and The Links, Whitley Bay, into a new bistro cafe.
It is the brain-child of Lee and Sarah Taylor, who run Pantrini’s fish and chip shop opposite the site.
They are aiming to open at the beginning of May but are offering local people the chance to come up with the name – with the winner receiving a voucher for £600 to spend at the cafe once it is up and running.
Lee said: “We were really keen on the venue, first and foremost because of the location – the views across the links and down to the Spanish City are fantastic.
“And also, there’s a great opportunity to offer the community something special here.
“Previous owners have catered more for an evening audience, but we believe that the venue is perfect for more of a daytime offering, so that’s our plan – to provide a warm and welcoming bistro style cafe for both Whitley Bay locals and visitors, to enjoy great food, great service, whilst taking in the wonderful view across the links.”
He added: “We really want the community’s input on this, so locals can have a seafront venue which they helped to shape, so we’re running a competition to give a name to the place.
For more on the competition and to post your suggestion before Friday’s deadline visit www.facebook.com/helpusnameourvenue/
Lee said: “And as we get closer to opening, we’ll be asking for opinions on our menu and the look and feel to the place too.
“We’re really excited about this and we want to share that excitement with the community.”