South West Wales

Swansea's tower restaurant reopening

Meridian Tower - Photo by Stuart Shearer
Image caption The restaurant occupies the top two floors of the tower

A Welsh brewery is to reopen the restaurant at the top of the 29-storey Meridian Tower in Swansea.

It closed in April just four months after opening when the original tenant was declared bankrupt.

Now Cardiff-based Brains which runs over 270 pubs, bars and hotels across Wales and the west of England, is taking on the restaurant.

It said contractors were on site refurbishing the tower's top two floors so it could reopen in mid-November.

Around 50 jobs are being created.

The brewery's retail director Philip Lay said it would be modelled on its Mediterranean-themed Grape and Olive venue in Cardiff and will share the same name.

"But we're not only changing the name," he added.

"We have made a significant investment and are making major changes to the layout and design.

"As well as completely refurbishing the interior, work is also under way to create a dedicated Grape and Olive entrance, which will lead to a separate customer lift, meaning customers will no longer share the entrance and lift with residents."

He said the function room, on the the level below the main restaurant was also undergoing a complete refurbishment and would be available for hire.

At 90m (300ft), the tower is the tallest residential building in Wales and has became a landmark on the city's skyline since completion in 2009.

The restaurant boasts panoramic views over the city and out across the Bristol Channel and Brecon Beacons.

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