The Place in Bournemouth Triangle calls for council support

An area of ​​Bournemouth city center has been overlooked for the city’s Christmas celebrations, according to owners of new restaurants in the area.

The Nowokunski family, who own The Place in the triangle, have criticized the BCP board for focusing “only” this year’s Christmas events on Bournemouth Square.

Joanna, Darius, and Simon Nokonski all point out that the arrival of the festive markets and Christmas Tree Wonderland last week has drawn customers away from the Triangle, with drastic effects on their restaurant.

Simon said: “Last week, we had the worst week since opening.

“We thought the Christmas markets would bring more, but everyone is just concentrated in the square, and people are just using the business.

Bournemouth Echo: The Nowokunski Family Outside The PlaceThe Nowokunski family outside The Place (Photo: Simon Nowokunski)

“It means we are no longer taking out. We are running out of bookings now. We are struggling financially.”

Joanna added: ‘A week before the whole Christmas festivities started, we had reservations, we were busy – we had the best week yet. It was really great, the place was so full of life, and everyone loved it.

But suddenly, she disappeared.

The family feels that more Christmas decorations, markets and events have been organized in the Triangle, and the restaurant would welcome more walk-ins at a time when it is most needed.

Joanna said: “The council says they say they support small business, but where is the support for small business?

Where are the celebrations… Where are the decorations… Do you see any decorations in the triangle?

“They are a large company that is already established and has subsidiaries.”

The Daily Echo has approached consultant Beverly Dunlop, owner of the Culture and Vibrant Places portfolio, with the companies’ concerns. Cllr Dunlop said this year’s Christmas celebrations in Bournemouth “were the same as in previous years”.

She added, “I’m sorry they feel that way.

“I want to assure people that we are committed to the Triangle, no less than any other area of ​​the city.”

Consultant Philip Broadhead, Owner of the Development, Growth and Renewal Portfolio, said: “Last year has seen more interest in the Triangle area than ever before – and we are disappointed to hear that this has not been appreciated.

“From Artship’s stunning Orchestra installation just a few months ago, to the extension of the Winter Wonderland Trail up to the Triangle this Christmas – we now offer a range of decorated trees, a romantic arch and sparkling swirls – we encourage anyone visiting Bournemouth to check out this wonderful and vibrant part of our town “.

The Nowokunski family is calling on tourists and residents to support small, independent businesses like theirs this winter, and they’re looking forward to sharing their new Christmas menu with customers.

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