Bar-restaurant plays Blinder with TV-themed transformation
A Peaky Blinders inspired bar and panAsian restaurant is to officially open following a total transformation.
Before and after pictures of The Urban Tiger on Market Street in Holyhead have been revealed after it opened its doors for the first time last weekend.
The “unauthentic” eatery, which has taken over the former Seventy Nine pub has been split into three separate areas - a 1920s themed bar, a “hippy” Asian garden and the restaurant area.
The gin and cocktail bar is in keeping with the hit TV show theme, with various Peaky Blinders-inspired decor, prints and quotes over the walls.
In contrast to the bar’s rustic features is the new Asian garden with a glass front roof, filled with colourful Ivy and Jasmine plants, trees and a water feature. The restaurant, overlooking the garden area, sits up to around 30 people.
While the final drinks and food menus remain tightly under wraps until next week, head chef Aaron Kelly revealed that diners will be able to choose from a range of Asian dishes. Owner Mark Roberts, who also runs the town’s Simply Street Bar and Grill, is offering a temporary light snacks menu at the bar until the final menu is launched.
Mr Kelly, 34, who also managed the kitchen at Simply Street, said: “The before and after pictures just show how Mark’s vision has come to life.”
He added: “We’re not going to be an authentic Asian restaurant, we’re very much doing it our way.
“Mark has the ideas in his head, and I break it down in my head and put it all together. He’s a brilliant cook, but he’s not a chef, so we’re a good team.”
Live music will be played at the bar every weekend, with the occasional Peaky Blinders-themed fancy dress evening – similar to events held in Manchester and Liverpool.
The Urban Tiger will officially open on Thursday with the first event, a Peaky Blinders 1919-1920 New Years themed party, on Friday.
■ The new Urban Tiger in Holyhead; below, before and after pictures showing the transformation