Bar-restau­rant plays Blinder with TV-themed trans­for­ma­tion

Bangor Mail - - Weekly Puzzle -

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

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