County Council Leader, Martin Tett received a ‘warm’ welcome as he congratulated owner Kelvin Wong on his amazing conversion of Aylesbury’s former police headquarters building into the brand new MIYA Japanese Grill and Bar.
The historic building, owned by Buckinghamshire County Council, has been transformed into Kelvin’s vision for a distinctive grill and bar with a unique Japanese theme.
However, the make-over also retains some of the historic features from the building’s former life, including the sergeant’s original desk and the HQ’s massive safe door.
The County Council also helped support the development with the provision of an outdoor terrace and structural work inside the building.
In front of the restaurant’s impressive open Teppanyaki grill area, where diners can see their food being prepared, Martin Tett said he couldn’t imagine a more successful conversion for the building. Martin continued: ‘The blend of Japanese styling, industrial type fittings and the echoes of the building’s history work so well together.
I’m proud that, as a Council, we have been able to work with and support Kelvin’s bold vision. His styling and attention to detail is fantastic and we now have a landmark new restaurant in one of Aylesbury’s most iconic buildings.
We need to make sure we use all our assets as effectively as possible. This development brings another new facility and employment opportunities to benefit Aylesbury’s economy which is great news for everyone. I wish Kelvin and his team every success.‘
MIYA owner Kelvin Wong and his wife Nikki said: ‘Getting to this position represents two years of hard work but we are delighted with the outcome. We’d like to thank the County Council for the help it has provided over that time and the way it has supported our vision.
We are over the moon with what has been created and pleased that the next chapter in the history of this amazing building starts again now. Can we also thank our main contractor, Clover Tech and our project manager and sub-contractors, who are all local to Aylesbury.‘
Further information about MIYA and all it has to offer can be found on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/miyajapanesegrillbar/.