The newest addition to Penarth Esplanade – the “Crazy Cafe” – been successfully pulling in the customers during its first week of successful trading.
The cafe/coffee shop has its own in-house bakery and patiserrie baking bread, cakes and pastries and is also a bistro .
The premises occupy the same site on the “right-hand side” ground floor of the re-built £8,000,000 Beachcliff complex – just where the Rabaiotti’s snack bar used to be in the dim and distant days when the original Beachcliff was still standing.
The big difference with the Crazy Cafe is not only what it sells, but also its bi-fold windows which means that, in warm weather, the cafe is open to the sea air.
There was some debate about the “Crazy Cafe” name – and the logo, which has now been rendered in colour rather than the stark black and white of the original version . Large Banksy-type artworks decorate the interior.
There is a window counter for people who want to order their coffee or pastry on the go.
The cafe is the idea of Penarth resident and South Wales property developer Richard Hayward whose Hayward Group carried out the whole of the £8,000,000 Beachcliff development .
Still to be completed next door (between the Crazy Cafe and the entrance to a planned new top-flight hotel) is a new top-of-the-range ice-cream parlour – coming soon.