Llandudo’s ?former Washington nightspot is to re-open as a high-class restaurant after standing empty for more than four years.
Dylan's Restaurant, which already have eateries in Cricceth and Menai Bridge, has announced that it has acquired the site on Llandudno seafront.
The company has completed the purchase of the Grade II listed Washington Hotel on East Parade, which was built almost a century ago after the original hotel on the site was destroyed by fire.
A comprehensive refurbishment programme will commence on the building, hopefully before the year end amd Dylan’s hopes to open in the spring of next year
The £1.5m project will create up to 40 new jobs, bringing the total number of staff across Dylan's three restaurant sites and their Llangefni based prep kitchen and head office to 180.
Dylan's is putting together a funding package with a view to opening late spring 2017. The aim is to bring to the town the Dylan's style of relaxed, informal dining over two floors with a stand alone cocktail bar and outdoor terrace.
Dylan's director, David Evans, said: "It is no secret that we have been looking for a site within the county of Conwy for some time. We're absolutely thrilled to have been able to secure this amazing building - it's the perfect setting for our third restaurant.
The landmark building was designed by renowned local architect Arthur Hewitt and Mr Evans added: "We will be restoring it sympathetically and in keeping with its period and location – just as we did with art deco style Morannedd building in Criccieth.
"Our expansion into Llandudno will help us extend our destination dining experience further along the North Wales coast. As with our Menai Bridge and Criccieth restaurants, this will combine menus featuring local seafood and seasonal produce, a warm and friendly service and a unique, waterside location."
Dylan's will have a stall at the Llandudno Christmas Fayre next week, where they will have more information about their plans for the new restaurant. David said: "We are really excited about our expansion into Llandudno, and the Fayre gives us a great opportunity to meet local people and share our proposals with them.
"We'll also have some of our dishes for people to sample and to give those who've not been to our restaurants a chance to taste what we're all about."
The Dylan's success story started on Anglesey when the company opened its first restaurant in Menai Bridge in 2012.
The Washington Nights closed in May 2012 with the loss of 20 jobs. It had been bought from Punch Taverns by Fu Lee, owner of Fu’s Cantonese Restaurant in Caernarfon.