Work starts on Taunton coffee bar/bistro

This is The West Country: A computer generated photo what Riviera will look like. A computer generated photo what Riviera will look like.

A FORMER furniture store will undergo a £250,000 transformation into a coffee bar and bistro with a terrace over the River Tone.

Work on Riviera, which will be next to Okoko nightclub in Bridge Street, Taunton, has started to spruce up the inside of the building.

The venue is being revamped by 241 Leisure, which also owns Okoko nightclub, KHODE and Aloha, and will serve food as well as drinks during the daytime and then move into a bar atmosphere later on in the evening.

The building runs underneath Okoko nightclub and developers will build a terraced area so diners can sit outside overlooking the river.

Michelle Andrews, co-owner of 241 Leisure, said: “Our aim with Riviera is to create both a day time and a late night bar and bistro atmosphere for those who want a late night drink without having to go to a night club.

“As well as contemporary decor, there will, on some occasions, be quiet and tasteful background music to add to the classy bistro atmosphere.”

Michelle said they intend to open from 11am until midnight from Sunday to Wednesday, and 11am until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

She added: “This venue will also have the unique feature of a river terrace – an outside area to enjoy the view all year round, whether it be to soak up the summer sun, or observe an early evening sunset during the winter months.”

Taunton Deane planning bosses gave proposals the go-ahead at Riviera earlier this year and bosses say 25 jobs will be created by the new venue.

What are your thoughts on the venue? Would like to sit out on a terrace above the River Tone or do you have concerns? Let us know.

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2:21pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Slow down! says...

That’s a shame, it was the best Post Office the town centre had when it was used as one whilst the other main PO was fitted out with a convenience store.
That’s a shame, it was the best Post Office the town centre had when it was used as one whilst the other main PO was fitted out with a convenience store. Slow down!

2:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Slow down! says...

I guess it better than being another Polish Off licence, Charity shop or coffee shop D'oh!
I guess it better than being another Polish Off licence, Charity shop or coffee shop D'oh! Slow down!

7:03pm Thu 12 Dec 13

cliverita says...

Nice to be returned to its similar use of 60 plus years ago -when it was Dellers Cafe
Nice to be returned to its similar use of 60 plus years ago -when it was Dellers Cafe cliverita

7:28am Sat 14 Dec 13

Dr Dave says...

I can't say overlooking the Tone with a coffee floats my boat but as has been said - better than a nondescript food store/charity shop/pound shop.
I can't say overlooking the Tone with a coffee floats my boat but as has been said - better than a nondescript food store/charity shop/pound shop. Dr Dave

9:09am Sat 14 Dec 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Slow down! wrote:
I guess it better than being another Polish Off licence, Charity shop or coffee shop D'oh!
Be careful that blinkered amongst us don't brand you a racist.
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: I guess it better than being another Polish Off licence, Charity shop or coffee shop D'oh![/p][/quote]Be careful that blinkered amongst us don't brand you a racist. FreeSpeech?

10:27pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Jamesey says...

Sounds good, especially the terrace overlooking the Tone. Unless they plan to use it as a smoking area!
Sounds good, especially the terrace overlooking the Tone. Unless they plan to use it as a smoking area! Jamesey

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