An historic chapel in the centre of Cardiff is to become a bar and restaurant under new plans.
The three-storey building on Churchill Way will include two bars and is expected to offer late-night music and entertainment until 2.30am at weekends.
The Grade II listed building, which is believed to have been built in 1877, is the latest licensed premises being prepared to cater for Cardiff’s nightlife.
New planning documents for illuminated signage suggest the new pub and restaurant will be known as Chapel 1877 when it opens to the public.
The chapel was known as Pembroke Terrace Chapel and was used by Welsh Calvinistic Methodists until it was converted into an architect’s office in 1983.
Developers were granted planning permission back in 2008 to change the use of the chapel from office space to a restaurant.
An alcohol licence was granted in 2009, allowing the premises to be open until up to 2.30am on Saturdays.
At the time, Dave Bevan, managing director of developers Mostyns Restaurants, told Cardiff council’s licensing sub-committee he intended to offer a “high standard cuisine to a mature customer”.
He said the chapel’s basement area would be used as a lounge bar and said the premises needed to operate until at least 2am to cater for clientele from the Motorpoint Arena.
Mostyns Restaurants also hoped to provide entertainment including live music, recorded music and dance performances.
The company has recently applied for a minor variation of the chapel’s premises licence to amend the layout of the premises.
The first floor will include a dispense bar, a kitchen servery and some booth seating, while the upper floor will have a circular bar under the proposals.
Prof Gwynfor Jones, 75, who used to attend the church, said he was “very sad” to hear it was becoming a pub and restaurant.
The retired Cardiff University history professor, of Cyncoed, said: “I am very sad to hear that. We knew the ministers and the types of families who worshipped there and it was a well-known church throughout Wales.
“It was bought originally by an architectural firm and they looked after it for many, many years.”
Details of the development come after supermarket giant Tesco was granted permission to sell alcohol from a new Capitol Shopping Centre store, which falls inside the Churchill Way saturation zone.
Attempts to contact Mostyn’s Restaurants yesterday were unsuccessful.