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St Ives seafood restaurant and bar, The Rum & Crab Shack, has invested £70,000 in a full kitchen refurbishment, with help from Truro-based asset finance provider, Ignition.

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Stuart McGuire (left) and Neythan Hayes (right) from The Rum & Crab Shack, with Graham Mines from Ignition

The venue has enjoyed pride of place on the harbour-front since 2012 and has become a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

As well as the complete refurbishment of the kitchen, the customer toilets have also been relocated and refurbished, and the dining area has been extended.

Rum & Crab Shack director, Neythan Hayes, said: “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 added: “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 & Crab Shack is also a great place to work.”

Graham Mines, relationship manager at Ignition, said: “We were happy to help The Rum & 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.”