St Ives’ popular seafood restaurant and bar, The Rum & Crab Shack, has invested £70k in a full kitchen refurbishment, with help from Truro-based asset finance provider, Ignition.
The Rum & Crab Shack has enjoyed pride of place on the harbour-front since it was established in 2012 and has become a favourite for locals and visitors alike with its unique blend of cocktails, seafood and ocean views.
The complete refurbishment of its kitchen has included modernising all fixtures, fittings and equipment, such as fridges, freezers, cookers and grills, as well as improved ventilation and better use of space. The customer toilets have also been relocated and refurbished as part of the project, and the dining area has been extended with more covers added.
The Rum & Crab Shack Director, Neythan Hayes, comments:
“We’ve been keen to overhaul the kitchen for some time, to improve the working environment for our staff in the long term, but knew it would need considerable investment. Ignition’s finance package offered competitive rates and has enabled us to spread the cost over a number of months, making the finance much more manageable. This is particularly helpful in the current climate, as rising inflation is pushing up wholesale costs and the entire hospitality industry is feeling the squeeze.
He continues: “We definitely went ahead at the right time, before the Easter holidays and the start of the busy summer season, and we’re already seeing the benefits. Our customers are enjoying the same views, vibes and delicious food and drink that they have come to love, but behind the scenes our employees are working in a cooler kitchen with more space and much better equipment. We really value our staff: it’s important to us that as well as providing a great customer experience, The Rum and Crab Shack is also a great place to work.”
Graham Mines, Relationship Manager at Ignition, comments: “We were happy to help The Rum and Crab Shack with this venture. It’s great to be able to support a successful local business and I’m sure they will enjoy the benefits of their investment for many years to come.”
The Rum and Crab Shack is home to the iconic Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum and Stargazy Cosmic Caramel liqueur. The team are currently recruiting ahead of the busy summer season and are asking for interested candidates to get in touch.