The former Talk Nightclub on Southend seafront could be transformed into a new bowling alley and American diner, if plans put forward by local arcade operator John Remblance are approved by the council.
The venue closed in December 2019 after operating for more than 40 years, with the latest proposals outlining construction of a six-lane alley – a proposition which has been welcomed by local traders.
“It will help bring people down to this part of the seafront as customers would come down to the Kursaal,” Southend Seafront Traders’ Association chair Joan Tiney told the Echo. “John will do it well and it will be top notch so I welcome it.”
If approved, the revitalised Lucy Road site would provide an additional bowling option to the city, with the new Hollywood Bowl proposed as part of Turnstone’s £50m leisure complex on Seaway car park, directly opposite the nightclub.
“I think it’s a really good idea and there’s a big sign about it at the club,” said Pebbles One Cafe owner Paul Thompson. “It’s fantastic and nice to see Southend business people investing in the town and I think there’s nothing wrong with some healthy competition.”
“The old bowling alley closed so I do question if we need two but John knows about running businesses on the seafront.”