Pontcanna’s Diner 77 to change hands after 23 years

January 25, 2013 No Comments »
Ian Campbell of Diner 77

Ian Campbell of Diner 77

A Cardiff diner popular with Billie Piper, Charlotte Church and food lovers for more than 20 years is to undergo a change in name and ownership.

The revamp marks the departure of Diner 77’s owner Ian Campbell, who is seeking an “easier pace of life” after 23 years at the eaterie which gave Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones a job in the 1990s before her big screen break.

It will close at the end of the month and reopen under new owners and a new name in February.

Ian, 52, said: “Our children have gone to university and, after 23 years, my wife and I are looking for an easier pace of life. We’ve been open seven days a week and only closed on Christmas Day. We want to do other things now.”

Pontcanna is not losing the venue altogether, with new owners Richard and Jaz Davies renaming it The Smoke House and offering authentic American food.

The couple said this will involve home-cooked marinades and rubs.

They said: “We are well aware of the history of Diner 77 and we wanted to open a restaurant close to its roots.”

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