A new “conceptual restaurant” and cocktail bar – to be called “Etc.” (etcetera) is to be launched in Stanwell Road, Penarth at the premises near the railway bridge formerly known as the Sugo restaurant.
Local businessman and interior designer Alex Mules is the man behind the new venture . He’s currently refurbishing the premises in what’s described as a “sleek modern style” with a view to a launch in March.
Mr Mules is working with award-winning consultant chef Stephen Gomes on the development of the “upmarket fine-dining” which will be offered to customers at the new restaurant. Mr Gomes is the winner of the Ethnic Chef 2015 Guild of Chefs Award and is said to be amongst the first chefs to experiment with natural food science in his dishes and is a passionate advocate of “molecular gastronomy”.
The bar will serve “signature smoke-infused cocktails”, and is being designed to be “chic” and “somewhere to enjoy a special celebration or after-work drinks.”
Mr Mules says “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed designing the restaurant and bar areas – but now I can’t wait for us to open.”. “I’m thrilled to be opening this exciting new venture in my home town of Penarth. And collaborating with Chef Stephen for our menu is a dream come true. His imagination and skills can be seen throughout our carefully thought out menus, which focus on stunningly prepared, innovative dishes that will visually delight and give our customers a wonderful dining experience. As well as our restaurant menu Chef Stephen has also come up with a creative menu of smaller plates and dishes for sharing, to be enjoyed whilst sipping Champagne, a cocktail or a favourite glass of wine.”
Master Chef Stephen Gomes commented “I’m delighted to be working with Alex in this exciting venture. We have the ideal fusion of flavours, and the combination of Etc.’s great, fun food, and exciting new drinks, will undoubtedly be magical.”