A new planning application has been submitted to Gwynedd Council for the change of the use of one of Bangor’s most iconic buildings at 205 High Street, the former ‘Saks’ kitchenware shop.

An application by Varcity Living has recently been submitted to convert the ground and lower ground floors of the building into a restaurant, with seating for approximately 55 people inside and additional seating externally on the High Street, making the most of the magnificent views of Bangor Cathedral.

Varcity Living purchased the building in 2016 and commenced a programme of complete refurbishment in September 2017, with the upper floors being converted into accommodation and now the ground and lower ground floors subject to the recent planning application. The exterior of the building is being sympathetically restored with new hardwood windows and doors being fitted to the ground floor, and bi-folding doors opening out onto the High Street.

Over a month was spent excavating the lower ground floor to create usable space, this will now house a commercial kitchen, staff and toilet facilities to the High Street side with customer seating overlooking the rear courtyard.

The ground floor will house a bar and service counter, disabled toilet facilities, food displays and seating with fantastic views over the Cathedral.

Much of the original character has been retained with high ceilings, steel beams, exposed brickwork and original wooden floors still on show.

Work is expected to be completed by September 2018. The unit is currently up for let on a long term lease and will offer potential tenants the opportunity to own a business at the gateway to Bangor High Street in a completely refurbished building.

For further information on leasing the premises please contact Varcity Living on 01248 719 254 or email info@varcityltd.com. Alternately if you think you have the potential to manage a restaurant there may also be an opportunity to work with Varcity Living on establishing a new business venture.

Link to the 3D restaurant plan: http://view.3dspacesmedia.com/3d/3DS1525

A new restaurant could seat up to 55 people with additional seating on the High Street