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Serving up a new SA1 dining venue

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

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SWANSEA'S bustling SA1 docklands area is to get a new café bar restaurant.

Andrew Richards whose company already runs a string of similar successful ventures including The Lava Lounge in Wind Street and La Fina and Bar 10 in The Kingsway is moving into the Ice House close to the Sail Bridge.

The venture will bring with it some 20 to 30 new jobs as well as an occupier for a glass-fronted building widely regarded as one of the most striking in the area. It has lain vacant since its last tenant — an Indian eaterie — closed earlier in the year. Before that, it was a café bar.

Mr Richards says the business is working towards an opening date towards the end of this month. A huge re-fit is already underway.

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"We are very excited by it," he added. "In addition to the bar we are planning a 60-cover restaurant.

"It is a fantastic building in a great location right at the entrance to SA1. SA1 is becoming more and more popular with people all the time and with so much development still to come the future is a good one."

The move comes as new figures revealed the UK services sector grew strongly in July, with business activity hitting an eight-month high.

The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers' index (PMI) reached 59.1 in the month, up from 57.7 in June. Any score above 50 indicates expansion.

Services account for more than 70 per cent of the UK economy and have been the driving force behind the recovery.

Elsewhere in the marina and docklands area, a handful of other restaurant operations have also opened in recent months including Coast and Salento Ristroranto.

Mr Richards added: "I have eight years of experience in the industry behind me and will bring that with me to our new operation in SA1.

"Everyone involved with it is very much looking forward to what is to come."

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