For Penarthians who just can’t wait to find out what’s going on behind the obscured front windows of Etc… – the new ‘conceptual restaurant and bar’ in Stanwell Road – the waiting is almost over.
Etc... – is, of course, short for “etcetera” . Owner Alex Mules says the name was chosen to convey the notion of “and more” … and, in this particular case, it’s lots more.
The new venue will be quite unlike anything already open in Penarth. No expense has been spared to give the Etc… cocktail bar and restaurant a high-tone, top-of-the-range fit and finish, both inside and out – with a dining experience to match.
The former Sugo premises on Stanwell Road have been totally renovated. The classic Victorian exterior has not only been tastefully restored and redecorated, but wall-washer lights have been installed outside to show-off the beautiful original stonework of the classic Penarth Conservation Area building .
The restaurant frontage itself is now rendered in deep black with carefully-designed signage bearing that Etc… logo in gold.
Customers won’t find it hard to find Penarth’s newest restaurant – in fact this one will be hard to miss.
On the pavement outside two powerful columns of flame – generated by twin patio-heaters – frame the main entrance. Tasteful planters have been installed on the pavement.
Inside Etc there’s a total transformation – with the black and gold colour scheme carried through to create a warm, intimate but undeniably classy, up-market feel. Every table has a central candle – a real one – the flame of which is reflected in a protective gold surround.
Lavish wall mirrors create a sense of space as they pick up, enhance and bounce-around the light.
The colourful cocktail bar clearly stocks something for every conceivable taste . And for customers with something to celebrate there’s an impressive glass cabinet crammed with bottles of the best Mercier champagne.
Etc is creative tour-de-force by Alex Mules – a family name familiar to generations of Penarthians, two of whose forebears are commemorated on local war memorials.
Alex is a successful property developer and is also a qualified – and gifted – interior designer . He says he doesn’t want to make it public just how much this new ‘conceptual restaurant and bar’ has cost to create – but, suffice to say, the keynote look is opulent, high-end and – one could almost say – downright extravagant.
The key ingredient of any new restaurant however is its food – and here Alex has called in the award-winning consultant chef Stephen Gomes to develop the “upmarket fine-dining” menu which will be offered to customers at the new restaurant. Mr Gomes is the winner of the Ethnic Chef 2015 Guild of Chefs Award.
Alex Mules says “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.”
The new restaurant has been undergoing a series of dry-runs over the weekend to make sure everything runs like clockwork and is just-right before Etc… opens to customers tomorrow Tuesday March 22nd at 16:00.