A very popular South Wales restaurant attracting diners from across the UK extends to Merthyr Tydfil.
The CF47 & Castelany’s Fine Dining Mine will also contribute to the local economy by creating 25 jobs, the majority of which are recruited by the Council’s employability team working with Tydfil Training to interview and recruit people.
The original Cwmgwrach restaurant near Glynneath is full for the next two months. The decor is coal-themed – of course – with large spools of cable as tables, dishes served on shovels, toilets called “The Pits”, tin wall decorations and a miners’ memorial wall, where customers hang pictures of their ancestors who worked in the mines.
The Merthyr Tydfil restaurant can be found in Bowen’s Court, Pontmorlais, an abandoned building that has in the past been a pub, butcher’s and opticians – and is being refurbished to the highest standards. It will also have an industrial theme, and walls of memory and Instagram photos.
Bowen’s Court is the 12th building to have undergone a major redevelopment as part of the Pontmorlais Townscape Heritage Program since its launch in 2011.
It is now owned by local company Murphy Corke Developments, which has received funding from the Townscape Heritage Scheme, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cadw and the Council itself. Murphy Corke Developments also received thematic funding from the Targeted Investment for Regeneration (TRI) from the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns program.
The Mine General Manager Stuart James said:
“Merthyr Tydfil’s vision is to create a community bistro / restaurant that uses the best of local food and produce to create healthy, high quality meals.
“We also want it to bring community members together – especially those at risk of being isolated or disadvantaged – and encourage visitors to the area, increasing tourism and investment in the city.”
Stuart thanked Council for helping him find the premises, agree the rent with the landlord and find his staff.
“The support of the Merthyr Council has been unreal”, he added. “We are absolutely delighted with what the teams have done for us. “
Award-winning chef and co-owner Marius Castelany began his career with the French Foreign Legion over 25 years ago. Marius is also a graduate cooking teacher and completed his scholarship with the “Godfather of Italian Cuisine” Antonio Carluccio.
The restaurant will seat up to 80 diners and the cuisine will be ‘shared between two heirlooms, Welsh and Italian’ with exclusive dishes including ‘Breast of Heaven’ and Fillet Surf ‘n’ Turf. The restaurant will be on the top floor of the two-story building, with the ground floor becoming an Italian tapas bar.
The opening hours will be from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The owners hope it will be ready for use by the end of November.
The CF47 Mine is the latest company to benefit from County Borough Council’s While scheme, which supports new companies to open space in vacant buildings in the city center.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Processing and Marketing Cllr Geraint Thomas said:
“We’re excited to see another great restaurant open in the city center, and we’re sure The Mine will be just as popular here as it is in Cwmgwrach.
“The While program, directly linked to the overall regeneration of the city center, works in collaboration with Tydfil Training to offer innovative support to local businesses that are appropriating for the first time and / or diversifying into new product offerings / services.
“This innovative initiative made possible by our hard-working economic development team and forward-thinking partners helps our downtown continue to develop a culture of excellent independent businesses and food and beverage offerings,” he added.
“And there will be a lot more to come in a very exciting time to come for Merthyr Tydfil’s economy.”
If you would like to benefit from the assistance of the While program, please contact Merthyr Tydfil Enterprise Center on 01685 727509.