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Home / Entertainment / Ultracomida will find out next week if they can open a bodega in Cardiff city centre

Ultracomida will find out next week if they can open a bodega in Cardiff city centre

A bodega-style deli, with jamons hanging from the walls and a true Spanish experience could soon open in Cardiff.

Popular tapas venue Ultracomida already has branches in Aberystwyth and Narberth.

The company behind it will next week find out next week if they can open their first branch in Cardiff.

It hopes to get permission to open in the former Burger King on the corner of Guildhall Place and Westgate Street. Building contractor Knox Wells bought the property in June 2015. They described it as being “empty and in a poor state of repair”.

It had been a Burger King for 35 years.

Valencian beers

“We saw potential to refurbish this prominent Cardiff building and to let it to a high end restaurant user,” a report by Knox Wells said.

The new premises would be different to the set up of the existing branches. There would be more emphasis on Valencian craft beers and Galician inspired pintxos, the owners have said.

Tapas in Ultracomida
Tapas in Ultracomida

Curado would have a long feature bar and a mezzanine level. There would be hanging jamons and wine covering the walls. Food will be served in small plates to encourage sharing. There will also be a deli, as at their other branches.

Part of the attraction of the premises is its proximity to the new bus interchange on Wood Street and the changes on Westgate Street including the arrival of Brewdog and Bar 44.

‘Professionalism’

The company say they selected the company because they were “impressed by their professionalism and offering”. It describes their usual customer as “gentile and sophisticated, discerning and civil”.

The company have applied for a licence to sell alcohol and refreshments late at night.

It would be open between 7am and 12.30am every day.

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The Aberystwyth branch

The police have objected to the licensing application. They routinely object to any licence for a premises in the city centre “Cumulative Impact Zone”. They say that area has a higher than average violence due to alcohol. But they have put forward a list of conditions they want to be in place if a licence were granted.

The licensing meeting will be held on Friday, July 22.

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