AMHERST – The police station is no more.
“We’re heading for March,” said Jeff Bembridge, who bought the space from the town for a token sum in the wake of a fire that made the building unusable by police.
It’s going to be a breakfast restaurant: Breakfast at Brittany’s.
What were once many rooms is now an open space.
“(It) was gutted completely right to the brick,” said the owner.
Dry wall is mostly up, and the installation of new electric and plumbing is under way. The future restaurant’s layout is taking shape. Friday morning, a general contractor, Wayne Gould, was tiling a bathroom.
“Everything will be new,” said Bembridge.
The pace of the project’s development has been a little frustrating, according to the owner.
“Just a bit of red tape,” he said.
He’s anticipating a lot of progress over the next few weeks, but then anticipates a delay getting gas put in.
The restaurant will seat 40 to 45 at tables. Bembridge may install booths in the future. It will have a small lunch counter. The space will be fed with a dedicated kitchen, separate from Duncan’s Pub, the business next door also owned by Bembridge.
He’s planning to offer the restaurant for private functions in the afternoons. He said he already has two bookings for May.
The former cop shop will also afford Duncan’s an expansion. It’s not the priority right now, but once the breakfast restaurant is done, the expansion will happen. Much of it will be a lounge space. Bembridge envisions couches and a silent, big screen TV with closed captioning enabled.