The opening date for a new industrial-styled bar and restaurant on Whitchurch Road has finally been revealed. The 100-cover venue will span two former shop units, and will open doors to the public for the first time on Friday 21st July.Work on the interior of the new bar is now well under way, using plenty of exposed brick and textured wood. A few bespoke ‘one-off’ pieces of furniture are being created especially for the, but the majority of the interior will have a more retro feel, adding to the overall ‘stripped back’ aesthetic.
In terms of the menu, there will be something to delight both comfort food fans and fancy foodies alike. A range of ‘trusted favourites’ will include burgers, ribs, a truffled mac and cheese, and on the weekend, a proper Sunday roast served with roasties, yorkies, gravy, seasonal veg and cauliflower cheese. For those looking for something lighter, the specials menu will be full of salads, small plates and a ‘fresh catch’ fish dish of the day.
Friends Tim Moores and Dom Wood make up the two-man team behind the new venture – the duo already run the successful Urban Standard and North Street Standard in Bristol. Eagle-eyed visitors to their new Cardiff premises will certainly be able to spot a few influences paying homage to the pair’s Bristolian roots.
Contemporary art from Bristol’s Upfest Gallery will adorn the walls, including exclusively commissioned work from artists like Cheo and Rob Wass. Customers will also be able to tuck into a pint of ‘Double Standard’ – a delicious pale ale brewed by Arbor Ales, one of Bristol’s best-known microbreweries.
Co-Director Dom Wood, who previously lived in Cardiff for 10 years, explained, “We love adding a bit of Bristolian personality to our bars, which our new Welsh customers will be able to spot straight away. That being said, a local focus is also really important to us, and that goes into everything from the food and drink suppliers we use for our menus, to the staff on our team.
“We have some great people behind us in our Bristol restaurants, and we’re really keen to build the same in here in Cardiff. We want staff that know the area well, love their food and drink, and will be passionate about being part of the local community.
We’re specifically on the hunt for a great bar manager and a passionate head chef, so if anyone out there is keen to be part of a young but growing food and drink business, we’d love to hear from them.”
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