Taunton toilets to be transformed into cafe by mystery entrepreneurs
By abbie_taunton | Friday, February 15, 2013, 13:00
Two mystery entrepreneurs are in the process of transforming redundant Taunton toilets into a brand new café.
Project Taunton's refurbishment works taking place at Goodlands Gardens - the site of the abandoned loos - in 2011
The old toilets in Goodland Gardens have been vacant for a number of years after the block was closed by Taunton Borough Council.
Last year the building faced demolition if a use for it could not be found.
However, after marketing the unusual property last year the council say it attracted "considerable attention"
The two winning bidders jumped at the chance to transform abandoned loos and have grand plans for brand new café on the site after brokering a deal with Project Taunton, who are working with Southwest One and the borough council.
Taunton borough council has revealed that the successful bidders are local to Taunton and plan to use local builders to do the work.
However, the pair are keeping their identities a mystery for the moment and are keeping the name of their new venture under wraps too.
They are hoping to have the café up and running by Easter 2013.
"This is a brilliant solution," said Ian Franklin, of Project Taunton. "There will be outside seating provided so that customers will be able to enjoy Goodland Gardens and views of the river.
"Bringing the River Tone back as Taunton's focus has always been our mission and the café really helps to do that. I can't wait to learn what it will be called!"
Councillor Norman Cavill, Somerset's Economic Development Chief said: "The new café will be a great place to take a break whether you are working in Taunton, visiting or out shopping. I wish the venture every success."