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City's hospitality can drive economy forward
3:47pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Postbag
WITH our unique history and architecture, Salisbury has the potential to be one of (if not the best) places of our size to eat out in the country.
The hospitality industry is in a unique position to drive us out of recession, boost employment (especially youth employment) and add greatly to the retail viability of our city centre and this is confirmed by the opening of three new restaurants in our city, (Journal, October 10).
Actually, the news is even better, a fourth venue, the former Chough public house has been acquired by Bill’s restaurant chain and they are currently engaged in a £250k refurbishment prior to opening while the Arzoo Indian restaurant in South Western Street has been fully refurbished and reopened.
Nandos and Turtle Bay are, reportedly, actively looking for potential sites in our city.
The role of Wiltshire Council in doing up the Market Place and of the Government in reducing beer duty has helped massively, as has the Purple Flag initiative and the efforts of our MP and VisitWiltshire.
The challenge is to keep up the momentum, continue to invest in success and work out how we can achieve a step change in trading on Sunday, a day when Salisbury doesn't get its fair share of the economic action.
Don't let anyone talk our city down; personally I get fed up with all the doommongers.
Matthew Dean, Proprietor, The Duke of York Public House, Salisbury
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