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Gareth Bale to open mini-golf bar and restaurant in Cardiff

Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has announced he will open a new bar, restaurant and mini-golf venue in his home city of Cardiff.

Par 59 will be based in the 18,000 sq ft basement of the Capitol Shopping Centre in the city centre. When complete, the venue will boast two adults-only, mini-golf courses, and two large bar and dining rooms.

Two independently run kitchens will also occupy the venue; with a sushi and Japanese food offering from local trader Sushi Life, and buttermilk fried chicken coming from another local outfit, Dirty Bird.

With an estimated opening date of ‘summer 2020’, the project is the result of a new partnership between Bale’s company Elevens Group and The Depot, the Welsh ‘alternative entertainment brand’.

It marks a second step into the hospitality sector for Bale, following on from his partnership with Brains Brewery and the opening of Elevens Bar and Grill in Cardiff in 2017.

Bale will also be working with the head bartender at Par 59 to develop a range of alcohol-free cocktails, which will be available alongside the regular menu.

Bale said: “My love for golf is no secret, so I am delighted to be working with an independent Welsh company to bring this concept to Cardiff. It’s all about creating a fun environment where people can enjoy something a bit different, and where everyone can have fun.

“So far, everything is going to plan and we’re on track to open this summer, which is really exciting.”

Nick Saunders, founder and MD of The Depot, said: “Taking empty and forgotten spaces and breathing new life into them is something we know we do well, but The Depot is still a relatively young brand, so teaming up with Gareth’s team at Elevens Group LTD to open Par 59 is a big achievement for us. We can’t wait to get the doors open.”

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