Couple transform Cardiff’s old take-out restaurant into new street eatery and boutique hotel
A couple transformed an old Chinese take-out restaurant in Riverside into a new street food restaurant and boutique hotel.
Husband and wife Tudor and Caroline Barber recently opened Neighborhood Kitchen and want the place to be a place where guests can come “and live like a local”.
The Tudor Street building had been a Chinese take-out for 30 years, but it had been listed for rental for over two years and remained unoccupied.
Tudor, 33, and his wife Caroline, 30, got the keys to the property in February and have been working to open the doors since.
Tudor, who was “born and raised in Cardiff” and raised in Canton, now lives with Caroline in Grangetown.
“Riverside, especially Tudor Street, has seemed in need of a little bit of love over the past few years,” he said.
“It was a coincidence that we looked at the property, but also the huge regeneration project that is currently taking place in Tudor Street, but it seemed completely the right place for us in the shadow of the Principality stadium. , and also an eight-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station. ”
Tudor says he and Caroline came up with the name to encompass the concept of ownership that allows guests to come somewhere “and live like a local.”
“It’s an opportunity to stay in a neighborhood that has a tight community, a multicultural community, giving people a good taste of Cardiff,” he said.
Tudor says he and his wife hike a lot across Europe and wanted to create a place they “would head to” in European cities.
“It’s an offer Cardiff doesn’t seem to have much – or none at all,” he said.
Neighborhood Kitchen also plans to offer a different menu on a monthly basis with a rotating chef’s residency.
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Tudor, who is also director of Street Food Warehouse, said the concept behind the restaurant is to always keep the menu different by running the chefs’ residence on the premises for at least a fortnight to a month.
“Each month we will have a different independent chef or street trader who will come in and take over the cooking,” he said.
Sin Nombre Tacos will be serving food on site throughout the month of June as the restaurant chef’s first official residence.
The drinks menu offered will also complement the dishes served.
“We’re using the venue as a platform for new independent businesses, so every trader we’ve had so far has all started before the lockdown or during the lockdown as home kitchens,” Tudor said.
“It’s sort of their first step into the world of commercial catering and providing their food on a commercial level. “
Neighborhood Kitchen once did a pop-up in Tramshed Yard in Riverside.
Caroline is the general manager of Tramshed in Riverside, where, for the past seven weeks, customers have drunk in the courtyard while the neighborhood kitchen has provided food from their kitchen.
With Tramshed unable to host its usual concerts and events and Neighborhood Kitchen lacking space to accommodate patrons, Tudor says marrying the two was a logical step.
“It’s a minute and forty seconds from our door to Tramshed’s yard, so we had staff literally sending food to Tramshed.”
“When the first lockdown and the events were completely wiped out by the pandemic, we kind of just sat there and made a business plan for our dream location and accelerated our five year plan to get this started,” said You sleep.
Through Business Wales, the couple received a start-up loan and financed it themselves with personal finances to afford the project.
Tudor and Caroline, from Bristol, met at a student marketing firm in Cardiff ten years ago.
Through the company, they have organized Student Lock-In events, a concept conceived by Caroline, and have organized the events across the UK, starting with St David’s Shopping Center in Cardiff.
Tudor went on to work as a music promoter at venues such as Buffalo, Ten Feet Tall and Undertone, as well as on Color Festival events at Splott Warehouse.
He said that he and Caroline both enjoyed the street food element of many of the music events and festivals they organized and moved away from the music events industry to the food events industry. .
The neighborhood kitchen will be open Wednesday through Saturday and will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.
The restaurant is in partnership with Welsh breweries such as Flowerhorn Brewery, Tenby Brewing Co. and with food and wine pairings produced by Gays Who Wine, as well as with Welsh suppliers such as Deez Dough Nutz, Vegan Brownie Experts, Comfort Food and Little Man Coffee. Co.
The venue opened for dining on June 2.