The widely-praised 2onMain restaurant in Jamestown is to move to a new home on St Helena – but its location has yet to be revealed.
The restaurant, set up to train Saints in hospitality skills, has to leave its premises in one of Main Street’s finest Georgian buildings to make way for a new hotel.
St Helena Government recently advertised for tenders to convert three buildings near St James’s Church in time for the opening of the island’s first airport, scheduled for early 2016.
The conversion of numbers 1-3 Main Street was decided upon after private schemes stalled, apparently because of uncertainties over whether there will be flights from Europe.
The restaurant – nicknamed “Tuna on Main” by one online reviewer – was opened just in time for Christmas 2013 by hospitality trainer Gillian Scott-Moore. She writes about the impending move on her personal website:
“It is with sadness and regret that the time is creeping towards 2onMain closing its doors.
“The buildings we are occupying are going to be made into a 30-bedroom hotel. Work is likely to start in June so we are probably going to be out of here some time in May.
“That’s the bad news. The good news is that we will be moving to a great new location (yet to be confirmed), which will be a permanent home to all hospitality up-skilling on St Helena.
“Some of my time has been taken up with some of the planning on this project and looking at how to maximise on the space we will have in our new premises. All exciting stuff.”
The restaurant has received high praise on the tripadvisor.co.uk website:
The professionalism with which this restaurant is run belies its status as a training establishment – Elisabeth R, Edinburgh, February 2015
My partner raved about the trio of vegetarian curry and the five mini desserts was excellent. Shame it didn’t promote the local St Helena coffee over the norm – Martin P, February 2015
Lovely staff in training with really good well presented meals… almost 5 star – Nanacharms, Johannesburg, October 2014
Very nice dining rooms in a modern style, oak tables and chairs. The serving staff is very pleasant and professional – Fredrick Henry, Sweden, October 2014
Lovely tuna surprise! Lovely ice cream surprise! – Michael T, Nice, France, December 2013
Read tripadvisor.co.uk reviews here