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New American diner opens in East-the-Water

PUBLISHED: 12:56 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:01 01 December 2017

The opening of the new Tarka Diner in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The opening of the new Tarka Diner in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

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A new American diner has opened in East-the-Water, Bideford, offering everything from breakfasts to burgers.

A new American-style diner has opened in Bideford, and the town’s mayor is hoping it will be a ‘catalyst for change’ in East-the-Water.

Tarka Diner opened at Nutaberry Works today (Friday) offering everything from breakfasts through to beer and burgers.

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough officially cut the red ribbon, before hungry workers piled in to enjoy a hearty breakfast.

The opening of the new Tarka Diner in East-the-Water, Bideford, today (Friday). Picture: Sarah Howells The opening of the new Tarka Diner in East-the-Water, Bideford, today (Friday). Picture: Sarah Howells

Owner Glynn Ford said he had purchased the land for his business, and did not know what to do with the one-bedroom bungalow, opposite Jewsons.

He said: “We wanted to regenerate the area and provide local employment, the idea for a cafe came up and that soon morphed into a diner.

“We’ve also got planning permission to build a path onto the Tarka Trail as well which should be complete in the spring.

The opening of the new Tarka Diner in East-the-Water, Bideford, today (Friday). Picture: Sarah Howells The opening of the new Tarka Diner in East-the-Water, Bideford, today (Friday). Picture: Sarah Howells

“For me, it’s about job creation and investing in the area, and it’s nice to have something in East-the-Water.”

Mr McGeough said the diner had ‘set the standard for East-the-Water’, with the regeneration of Brunswick Wharf on the cards for the future.

“This is a great investment for East-the-Water and I think a walkway through from the Tarka Trail will be great for tourism,” he said.

“I think it’s fantastic for Bideford and they have really set the standard.”

Since opening, Tarka Diner has created nine new jobs and is open for breakfast, burgers, beers and shakes.

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