Mayor Robert Tromans visits Nuneaton’s Palace Bistro – and bosses issue update on plans for upstairs restaurant

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 5 February 2022

THE MAYOR for Nuneaton and Bedworth, councillor Robert Tromans, paid a visit to Nuneaton town centre’s newest bistro today (Saturday, 5 January).

Palace owner Mustafa Dogal and Mayor Robert Tromans (Image: Mason Moore)

Mayor Robert Tromans visited The Palace Bistro, on Newdegate Street, where he met with owner Mustafa Dogal, to discuss further plans for the bistro, which would see it also be used as a restaurant – and give patrons the chance to dine on the rooftop terrace.

Mr. Dogal and the Mayor also discussed the future of the town centre amidst the Transforming Nuneaton project, and how the plans hope to benefit The Palace, as it is hoped that footfall will increase from outsiders who pay a visit to the town centre.

The Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor with Dogal after talking ‘Transforming Nuneaton’ (Image: Vaughan Moore)

It was also mentioned that the bistro would benefit from the plans for a ‘vibrant’ food and beverage provision – and social opportunities which support and enhance the town’s existing offer, as this would help its nightlife as a restaurant in the evening.

Mr. Mustafa Dogal spoke to the Hinckley Free Press about the Mayor’s visit and plans going forward.

He said: “I find it really valuable to us that the Mayor has visited our new venture in the building which we’ve reunited with the local people.

“I think that the Borough Council have a great idea with Transforming Nuneaton, as the idea of making parts of Nuneaton town centre residential means that we will have more footfall, and it’s really good for town businesses.”

He continued: “Once more income starts to come into the venue, we want to start sharing some of our profits with local charities in the town.

“Since the grand opening, we’ve not had the kitchen open, but we are now serving up food from in there, and we will eventually add more items to the menu.”

The Mayor and Palace owner with Palace staff (Image: Mason Moore)

When he last spoke to the Free Press in January, Mustafa confirmed to the Free Press that the menu will have a Mediterranean and Italian offering.

“Our food menu will consist of an English menu with an Italian and Mediterranean influence as well, with gluten-free and vegetarian dishes also on offer”, he stated.

It has been stressed that plans are not yet complete for the rooftop terrace.

However, more of a focus is on decorating and renovating upstairs into a restaurant, whilst the ground floor will continued to be used by customers solely as a bistro.

“We are also doing all we can to add more excitement by getting the upstairs seating area ready and complete for locals by Valentine’s Day (Monday, 14 February)”.

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