A plan to create a new restaurant and training academy for Welsh chefs has taken another step closer to realisation, with a funding boost from the Welsh Assembly Government.
The £1.8m project to transform the Grade-II listed Pumphouse at Llanelli's North Dock will now benefit from £345,000 investment from the assembly, as well as a £135,000 grant from Wales heritage body Cadw.
Work is due to start on the site at the end of the month with a completion date of spring 2010.
A 120-cover restaurant, bars, kitchen, training facilities, private dining suite, outside dining area, staff quarters and offices and 27 jobs will be created, with the site run by author and restaurateur Simon Wright.
Wright, a former AA Restaurant Guide inspector, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares programme consultant and partner in Y Polyn pub restaurant in Nantgaredig, Carmarthen, said:
"The secret of any good restaurant lies in using the very best produce and we have plenty of choice in Wales."
The Pumphouse project is being led by newly formed company Bendigo 9-10 and includes Robert Williams, the chairman of construction group WRW and rugby internationals Stephen Jones and Dwayne Peel.
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