Following the success of their Cowbridge and Penarth bars, Tom and Owen Morgan are bringing their take on modern Spain to the city centre after securing premises on Westgate Street.
An extensive refurbishment programme is underway to transform the property, formerly Feather and Bone, working alongside renowned Spanish artist Andy Rivas to bring a flavour of Spain to Wales.
The new establishment will comprise restaurant space to accommodate 120 diners, two kitchens, including an open kitchen offering a Spanish pantry menu, private function space for group and corporate dining and event bookings, and a large bar serving Spanish wines, cocktails, beer and cider.
Two new menus are being designed specifically for the new venue, including an express lunch menu which will be available in the day for shoppers and business people wanting a quick bite to eat.
Taking inspiration from the brothers’ recent trips to Spain, the menus will be made up of contemporary tapas dishes, using meticulously sourced and seasonal ingredients from Spain and Wales.
The Beronia Lounge will be available for large groups to book for private dining and events, including match-day hospitality and Christmas parties.
Recruitment for over 30 new posts, including supervisors, bar staff, waiters/waitresses and kitchen staff will begin in April.
Owen Morgan, co-founder of Bar 44, said: “We’ve always wanted to expand our operation beyond Cowbridge and Penarth. Previously we’ve focused on opening in affluent, suburban locations, but as the popularity of Cardiff city centre’s food scene has grown amongst both independent and national restaurants, it has become a focus for us.
“With ambitions to put Wales on the map for our contemporary twist on Spanish cuisine, opening a restaurant in the country’s capital city seems like a natural progression. We are looking forward to adding our version of modern Spanish tapas to the rich independent food scene in the capital city.
“While the new restaurant will be like Cowbridge and Penarth in terms of providing our take on modern Spain, it will be adapted for this venue’s size and location.
“It is a fantastic space, with huge amounts of character that lends itself really well to what we want to create – one of the most atmospheric tapas bars in the UK. We will be unveiling some really unique features and suppliers over the next few months and we hope our customers and the people of Cardiff will be as excited as we are about our launch in June.”
Bar 44 in Cowbridge was established in 2002 due to the Morgan brothers’ love for fresh Spanish food, having holidayed there as a family. The success of the Cowbridge restaurant led the brothers to open their second restaurant in Penarth in 2012.
The restaurants have received UK-wide recognition from the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013 and Bar 44 in Cowbridge has recently been awarded Waitrose Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year for Wales. It follows being included in The Sunday Times Food List Cheap Eats Guide, which profiles 130 restaurants in the UK that provide value for money food, and runner up for Best Spanish Wine list for independent restaurants in the prestigious UK wide Harpers’ Wine awards.