A former bank in the quaint village of Dinas Powys is being transformed into a bar and bistro by local trio, comprising of husband-and-wife team, John and Lucy McQuade and Antony Obaid, a former executive in the luxury cosmetics market.
Aptly named, The Old Bank Dinas, the inspiration behind the venture is to create a social environment where people can come to connect. Built in 1914 the former NatWest Bank closed its doors for the final time in 2017 and will now undergo a £200,000 renovation and create 20 new jobs to become part of the neighbourhood fabric once again.
By day, The Old Bank Dinas, will serve an unpretentious brunch and lunch menu from 8.30am to 4pm. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings freshly prepared small plates will be the chef’s focus, served from 5pm through to 10pm and on Sundays a traditional roast menu will be offered through to 7pm.
Co-owner Antony Obaid said: “We wanted to create a place to step away from everyday life and reconnect with old friends or make new ones. As Wales continues to reopen under level zero Covid restrictions the future seems more hopeful and we’re so excited for the Old Bank to open its grand old doors this Spring! Now more than ever, social, artistic and cultural dynamism is required to rebuild society. The interior inspiration derives from the 1920’s, an era of prosperity and frivolity. We want our customers to know they can bank on friendly service, great food and quality drinks.
The Old Bank Dinas, is set to appeal to a diverse market, the interior inspiration is decadent and Instagram worthy with clever little features that pay homage to the building’s rich history. By day there will be ‘home away from home’ workstations, a menu for ‘furry friends’ and freshly prepared lunch options. By night the Old Bank will transform into a glamourous haunt complete with its own retro style photo booth.
Antony continued: “Dinas Powys is fast growing a reputation as a desirable place to be in The Vale, thanks to the likes of the amazing Humble Onion, helping to place Dinas on the map. We plan to further enhance the village’s reputation as a destination that champions quality food and drink.”
The Old Bank Dinas is set to officially open to the public on Monday 4th April 2022.
For casual daytime dining and drinks no reservation will be required, for evenings and Sunday lunch a reservation is essential as the venue is already receiving high demand.
To be the first to know about bookings and latest developments visit www.theoldbankdinas.co.uk