A new restaurant is is coming to Wrexham town centre, and we take a first glimpse at how it will look…
As we revealed back in May to a tremendous local reception, the Fat Boar team had chosen the old Black Horse pub on Yorke Street in the town centre as their next location.
Co-owner, along with Don Bircham and Barry Horne, Rich Watkin told us this afternoon, “We are looking to bring something to town that might not exist already. To get what we will offer you might have to go to Chester, Liverpool or even Manchester.”
We asked why Wrexham was chosen for their next venture, Rich told us: “I am from Wrexham, it would almost be disrespectful to our roots not to come here next. Mold is smaller, and it was right to try there first and it has given us a great grounding.
“Fat Boar Wrecsam will be 25-30% bigger, and, well it just had to be in town! No other location in Wrexham would have suited us more than this pub.”
The plans for what has been described as a £750k development, show around 80 covers with more seating outside for when the weather is nice, with an open kitchen and specialist cocktail area – much like the popular Mold restaurant.
The ground floor plans show the huge gutting and remodelling of the existing pub building that will be taking place.
It is thought once open and running at full capacity around 35 jobs will be created.
The development has been the first time we have heard an unprompted reference to the multi million pound ‘Arts Hub’ development up the road in the People’s Market, with Rich stating: “It can only help, anything that can bring people in to town can help.”
Speaking of possibly sparking further investments Rich spoke of how a new Deli and Alehouse had opened in Mold after the Fat Boar had itself opened:
He said: “You can never link things directly and say it was because of us, but I would like to think we have helped. For Wrexham I would hope a domino effect would happen, with others following suit.”
The plans for upstairs show the new additions of a double floor glassed area and balcony space which will look over to the landmark Eagles Meadow suspension bridge.
Plans are being finalised and are expected to be submitted formally for consideration by Wrexham Council’s Planning Committee in the near future, with contractors due to be on site to ‘move quickly’ to get the conversion underway.
The documents shown to us today include various mood and concept board pages giving a hint to the style that will be adopted, much in keeping with the feel of the existing Mold offering.
Bookings are already being taken for early December including for what is likely to be a very busy opening Christmas.