Former Tabu nightclub set to become pan-Asian bar and restaurant

May 17, 2012 No Comments »

This is the first look at plans to transform a formerly troubled Cardiff nightclub into a stylish new cafe bar.

The old Tabu nightclub on Westgate Street was shut down in 2009 amid claims the venue had been at the centre of fights and glassings.

But three years on and under new ownership, the venue is set to be converted into a pan-Asian bar and restaurant, offering Eastern cuisine and a diverse range of cocktails.

Computer-generated renders show a modern, stylish interior with soft seating, striped walls covered in padded leatherettes, and neon lighting strips.

The former bar area will be redesigned to feature an eye-catching satay flame grill and food servery counter.

And what was a dark, basement nightclub will be converted into a modern restaurant area.

The new venue, named Double Super Happy, is set to open in September once approved at Cardiff council’s planning committee.

It is the brainchild of restaurateurs David Griffiths and Matthew Dalley, who own and run tapas bar and restaurant Pica Pica, also on Westgate Street.

Mr Griffiths said: “We had a number of ideas originally, ranging from a bamboo-garden zen feel, to a Japanese temple-type feel.

“We have gone much more modern. It’s very light, with some neon pink and turquoise blue – it’s almost Blade Runner-esque. It’s very much going to have an urban Japanese look and feel about it. What we’re really excited about now is working on this avant-garde menu.”

In March, the new Double Super Happy cafe bar was granted the right to serve alcohol, despite being located in one of the capital’s saturation zones.

It will be open until 11pm Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

It is one of only a handful of cases in which Cardiff council’s licensing sub-committee has overlooked its own saturation zone policy to grant a licence.

The policy is designed to limit the number of premises serving booze in the St Mary Street area by automatically prompting police objections.

The latest plans will be considered by councillors at a planning committee meeting later this year.

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