A CARIBBEAN restaurant chain is set to finally open next month following an £800,000 investment.

After months of speculation, Turtle Bay will open their Colchester branch in High Street on December 4.

It is expected more than 50 jobs will be created including front of house and managerial positions.

The restaurant, in Greytown House, will soon be joined by other favourites including Asian sensation Wagamama and burger chain Five Guys.

Latin chain Las Iguanas had also planned to open nearby but recently pulled the plug on their plans.

A spokesman for Turtle Bay said: “Colchester can expect a tropical Christmas this year, as Caribbean restaurant and bar Turtle Bay rolls into town.

“The brand will be bringing their trademark jerk spices, sunshine-inspired cocktails, and island spirit to the town with a new restaurant opening on December 4.

“There has been an £800k investment in the 5500sq ft site, the transformation of which will reveal a stunning 160 seater restaurant.”


He added: “Turtle Bay is all about celebrating the lively, colourful, soulful and delicious experiences that the Caribbean has to offer - from rich and explosive flavours to laid back liming.

“Turtle Bay’s signature dishes include their famous jerk chicken and curry goat, but there’s plenty for all palates to choose from including a new burger menu, salad selection and a great collection of dishes for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diners.

“Colchester diners can expect a vibrant, quirky, beach-shack-inspired ray of sunshine of a restaurant.”

Bosses are also hoping diners will enjoy a range of cocktails which are made with a selection of more than 40 rums.

Turtle Bay were first linked to Colchester in February but bosses did not officially confirm they were heading to the town centre until last month when they held auditions for potential staff members at Firstsite.

The chain has more than 40 branches across the UK with the nearest in Chelmsford.