The capacity of a popular bar on Swansea's Wind Street is set to double after a six-figure investment has transformed the venue during lockdown.
Up until the first national coronavirus lockdown in March last year, The Perch was able to welcome 110 people through its doors, but now, following a £150,000 investment, it has been able to double its capacity to accommodate 220 people when it is able to reopen.
The new look will feature new booth seating, and a brand new bar with a new cocktail menu.
The original bar was torn out and recycled to create the table seating in the venue.
There are new fitted toilet facilities downstairs, and a well-lit dressing area just outside for hair and make-up touch ups throughout the night.
There are also new floors throughout the venue and freshly painted walls.
Despite the transformation, co-owner Oliver Moore, who runs the business together with Matt Thomas, insisted that the first priority was to "maintain the most original features of the building" to ensure it did not lose its traditional character.
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The venue will also continue to be a place for live music, having hosted bands including Fonz & The Poet, Hat and The Fiddle, The Decades and many more through the years.
The Perch will also be extending its opening hours and is now set to be an all-day venue providing light bites and cocktails throughout the day.
A new tapas menu will include several homemade dishes such as market-fresh calamari, meatballs in tomato sauce and chargrilled spiced cauliflower, which has already been made available for a takeaway service whilst restrictions remain in place.
Mr Moore said they'd had the venue for two years and were so busy on Friday and Saturday nights that they couldn't fit any more people inside.
He said: "We really needed to invest in the venue, and when the first lockdown came in we thought we would be closed for two weeks and had time for a mini refurbishment, but that escalated into a full refurbishment. One thing we had more than anything through lockdown was time to do it.
"The changes for us as a business will be huge, I think. Friday and Saturday we would be at capacity and people would be squeezed in like sardines. We've now invested and doubled the capacity. It's a gamble, but when people do return it will be worth it.
"The regeneration of Wind Street, which is happening now, will be a positive change for Swansea. It will move towards a cafe culture feel and be a bit of a more grown up street.
"The likes of Peppermint and Bambu have invested during lockdown, and Coyote Ugly and Jack Murphys have upped their game, we didn't want to be left behind.
"We've got a new tapas menu which we are proud of and our bar has doubled in size. We have four new fixed booths, and our toilets have been gutted and put downstairs.
"The area is now all open plan and we've got some really cool features. The bar is made from refurbished gas tanks and we've got some quirky artwork - We've got a Mona Lisa which is 'Corona Lisa'. There are lots of Instagram-friendly pit stops along the way."