Ribbon cut on Nuneaton town centre’s brand new bank-turned-bistro

Vaughan Moore & Mason Moore | 21 January 2022

THE RIBBON was cut to Nuneaton’s brand-new bistro which held their grand opening today (Friday, 21 January).

Owner Mustafa Dogal, Former Mayor Chris Watkins, and staff cutting the ribbon (Image: Mustafa Dogal)

The Palace Bistro, located on Newdegate Street, in a Grade-II listed former bank, officially opened their doors at 12pm today, to serve up fresh food and drinks from their prominent location in the town centre.

It marks the first time in over ten years that the building has been used, since it had no signs of activity or owner, once occupant HSBC moved out in order to relocate to their current branch over on Queens Road.

The Palace Bistro is now open – and customers can dine al-fresco (Image: Mason Moore)

Finger food, complimentary champagne, and sandwiches were among the many nibbles for those in attendance to enjoy today.

As owner Mustafa Dogal is championing British history inside of the ex-bank, the interior sports a royal red theme in wall colours, furniture, and décor.

Owner speaks on the opening

Mustafa Dogal spoke to the Hinckley Free Press on the opening of his new venture.

Mr. Dogal, said: “The grand opening went very well – I’m proud of this chance to open the doors to The Palace to members of the public once again, after it has sat empty and untouched for more than 10 years.

“We’re based in the heart of the town, and we’ve even had a visit from Chris Watkins, who is the former Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor.

“I really appreciate and want to thank all of the town-goers who have came on down today and supported us and shown excitement about the venture.

“Whilst we have the ground floor open, we are aiming to soon open the doors to the rooftop balcony and first floor by February.

“Most of the original features of the building remain, and we’ve kept them so that town centre can know that their memories inside have been kept alive.

“Our food menu – launching soon – will consist of an English menu, with both an Italian and Mediterranean influence as well, with gluten-free and vegetarian dishes also on offer.

“We’ll be serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner – full English breakfasts, steaks, and roast dinners will be on the menu.

“All of the meats that we will use for our meat-based dishes will be locally sourced from an award-winning Abbey Green-based butchers named Frank Parkers.

“I want people to feel the same relaxed atmosphere in here as they do at home.

“We will be giving people the opportunity to hold functions inside and use the building as a function room, and we’ll further take bookings for parties.

“We first held a ‘soft launch’ the day before Christmas Eve (23 December), where we were training up members of staff.”

Former Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor comments

Former Mayor for Nuneaton and Bedworth, Chris Watkins, said: “Mustafa is a very hardworking resident of Nuneaton and cares about the history of the Borough.

”He has got some very big plans for The Palace including a roof top balcony and I will support him and any new venture in this Borough.

“I was delighted when he decided to take on this very big challenge with this building that has been empty for 12 years and I offered my help and support.”

Al-fresco dining and opening hours

Whilst the outdoor terrace atop the building remains out of bounds until around February, diners have the chance to dine al-fresco in the main outdoor seating area, next to the front door.

The Free Press initially spotted the Palace trading on 23rd December, but learnt that it was simply a soft launch for staff training.

No social media presence has been launched yet, however, a listing on Google Maps is available, and the Free Press have been informed a social media page will be launched on Facebook “soon” – over the course of the coming weeks.

The Palace Bistro opens on 10am until 3pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, while on Wednesday and Saturday, they open at 9am until 3pm.

One thought on “Ribbon cut on Nuneaton town centre’s brand new bank-turned-bistro

  1. I’d love to see some photos of inside as I am disabled and don’t want to venture to the venue and I cannot get in or can’t sit on the seats

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