North East Wales

Denbighshire council takes over Ruthin craft centre cafe

Ruthin craft centre café Image copyright Denbighshire County Council
Image caption Ruthin craft centre café

Denbighshire council has stepped in to run Ruthin craft centre cafe after the facility closed at the end of last year.

The cafe's former tenants had blamed a fall in visitors for its closure.

But the authority said the reopening was a "brand new start" for the facility.

The refurbished cafe includes updated kitchen facilities and a new relaxation area. There are also plans for better outdoor eating areas.

Jamie Groves, Denbighshire council's head of facilities, assets and housing, said: "When the previous tenants announced they were leaving, the council made a commitment to reinstating a cafe service at the craft centre as soon as possible.

"It is a vital part of the offer at the craft centre and the response from the public when it closed shows how the cafe is valued in the local community.

"The council has been working tirelessly to get a cafe up and running and has decided to use its own catering service to set up at Café R, with a chef, assistant chef, catering assistants and waiting on staff already employed."

The authority confirmed all six of the centre's studios were now occupied, following some vacancies last year.

The craft centre, which is funded by the council and Arts Council of Wales, was revamped in 2008 in a scheme costing £4.3m.

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