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Tastee Liguanea by February

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:01 AMTameka Gordon
Ryan Foster, chief operating officer of Tastee Limited.

Tastee Limited says its new Liguanea outlet will open for business by February next year.

The company acquired a 6,000-square-foot commercial complex earlier this year and began renovations to transform the site into a new Tastee outlet, a fine-dining restaurant, a bar, and lounge and commercial space for rent.

"The store is projected to be completed the first quarter of 2016 ... and this facility will be a one of a kind for the Liguanea area," group chief operating officer Ryan Foster told Wednesday Business.

Tastee's patties are currently sold in that area by Sugar & Spice Pastries.

Tastee will roll out the development in stages with the second phase slated for completion in June, Foster said, but declined to comment on what aspects would be up and running by February.

"We are still looking at a fine-dining restaurant, as well as a traditional Tastee restaurant and a surprise offering or restaurant - a new market whereby we can showcase our new products as well as an expanded menu to capture the demands of all," he said.

Foster was mum on the level of investment going into the project, but said the company expects "to spend to improve on the overall customer experience", and is investing to improve the overall ambience and service experience.

Some 100 persons will be hired at the new outlet, the COO said.

The company has also expanded into mobile canteens with five locations added in the last year.

"Since 2011, we have expanded our network to include 16 school concessionaires, five mobile canteens, three new branches, three new distributors and three new export markets," said Foster.

"We are excited about this new venture and believe that it will add significant value to our existing network."

The company has also added its own pastry line distributed through schools and wholesalers and launched a catering business, "and now we are going into fine dining," he said.

tameka.gordon@gleanerjm.com