Gary Rhodes restaurant due to open
A £1.5 million restaurant planned by television chef Gary Rhodes will open later this month after suffering a setback when it was targeted by thieves.
The Rhodes @ The Dome restaurant – on the Hoe in Plymouth – is expected to open to the public on Friday, January 25.
Two nights earlier the chef, a former head chef at the Castle Hotel, in Taunton, will welcome VIPs from the "culinary, arts, TV and business worlds" to a special opening night.
The Dome, a former tourist attraction which has stood empty since it closed in 2006, occupies a prominent position overlooking Plymouth Sound.
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The venue had been scheduled to open last November, but plans had to be scrapped when metal thieves attacked the building causing tens of thousands of pounds of damage by ripping lead flashing from the roof and stealing valuable copper piping.
The crime delayed a huge building project but now work is complete, with large picture windows created from the solid block walls.
The venue, which will be Mr Rhodes' only restaurant outside London, will now launch with a special invite-only event, at which Mr Rhodes will address guests.
Present will be Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, and leading lights from the business world including Tim Jones, chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; and Charles Howeson, chairman of the Plymouth Area Business Council.
It will contain a 70-cover area called Bar Rhodes, with a waterfront terrace and a 10-metre high glazed Dome creating a dramatic central feature.