Queen Annes Cafe on the Strand opened on Monday, serving a range of meals, snacks and fish specials. Owners Paul and Sam Rhodes will be hoping to give the listed building formerly the towns heritage centre before its closure in 2016 a new lease of life. The restaurant has space for up to 100 people across two rooms indoors, and plenty of seating along the famous colonnade with views of the River Taw. The response and support has been great a lot of people have come in and have been really appreciative of what weve done to the building. said Paul. Were really looking forward to getting established and becoming a place to go. As well as a restaurant, Paul and Sam are looking to maximise the potential of the historic building, making it available for functions, parties and weddings. They also have plans to hold regular family fun days with childrens crafts, games and entertainment. The first of which takes place on Thursday, May 31 from 11am. Paul said: When youve got a place like this you cant pigeonhole yourself into one area. We want to do so much more. Were here to add to the places already here in Barnstaple, not to take trade away. We hope people will want to come from all around the region. The Strand is such a nice spot to be, if we can all work together we can become a go-to place for foodies.