Investment for 2011 at Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo is gearing up for another bumper year as it prepares to unveil stage one of its massive £850,000 investment programme for 2011.
A completely refurbished and extended main restaurant, which is being renamed Lake View Café, will open its doors with a new and exciting menu in the February half term holiday. An extensive outside dining area will be completed in time for Easter.
The restaurant overhaul, which has cost £350,000, comes after the zoo identified the need for additional space and a more food choice as a result of the huge increase in visitor numbers in recent years.
Food courts selling pizza, burgers, salads, sandwiches, chicken, jacket potatoes, cakes and snacks will sit alongside a more traditional area that will offer four quality dishes of the day. There will also be a coffee stand and an ice cream parlour.
Total seating capacity has nearly doubled from 240 to a whopping 460. A second kitchen has been added, which was designed and developed to help with the increase in demand and extension of the menu and the zoo will be recruiting new staff to work across its catering department in 2011.
The new layout means visitors will be able to get exactly what they want quickly, giving them more time to see the zoo’s 1500 animals.
Jude Rothwell, Marketing and PR Coordinator at Blackpool Zoo, said: “Work has been on-going throughout the winter months to ensure our fantastic new restaurant is ready for the start of the main season and we are extremely happy with the results.
“We have listened to our customers and the new layout and menu reflects the feedback we have been getting.
“There really is something for everyone, whether you are stopping by for morning coffee, a full lunch or just fancy a cake and a hot drink and we are looking forward to seeing people enjoy the selection on offer.”
The second phase of Blackpool Zoo’s investment programme will see a £500,000 relocation and expansion of the Children’s Farm, which has been moved to the south paddock, unveiled in April. More details of this exciting new development will be released soon.
The zoo celebrated the announcement of its highest ever visitor numbers in 2010 following a huge investment programme which saw the completion of its Active Oceans arena as well as the launch of its Wallaby Walkabout and re-vamped Aardvark enclosure.
A string of momentous first time births, including Meisie the Western Lowland gorilla, also saw visitors flocking to the award winning attraction throughout the year.

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