A popular Cardiff pub is set to finally reopen after last shutting its doors due to Covid nine months ago.

Barocco on Wharton Street was one of eight Brains pubs in the city centre which the brewery announced would remain closed following last November’s fire-break lockdown until new tenants could be found.

And the team behind Barocco’s long-awaited relaunch should be very familiar to those who’ve experienced a night out in the capital over the years – not to mention the occasional morning after.

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Its new owner is John Sullivan, the man behind Sully’s Cafe on Quay Street, which has been serving fry-ups and cups of tea to Cardiffians, whether hung-over party-goers or early morning commuters, for generations.

And managing the venue for him will be Karl Kruger Williams, who is best known to Cardiff Blues fans after looking after hospitality at the Blues’ Arms Park base before later becoming the players’ liaison officer.

“No one can believe we’re opening a bar under the current circumstances,” said Karl.

Cardiff Blues stalwart Karl Kruger Williams will be managing the place

“But the idea is to start back up around August – by which time we’ll have hopefully returned to something resembling normality.”

Karl, who most recently worked in catering for the NHS, explained he couldn’t wait to get back to the bar scene, despite the ongoing challenges.

“I’m really excited and the place is going to look great when we’ve finished with it,” he said, adding that business partner John also has a lot of experience in the industry from running the likes of music venue and kitchen The Deep and The Cottage pub, both on the capital’s St Mary Street.

“We’ve known each other for ages – I think we first met over a plate of egg and beans in Sully’s way back when – and our combined experience should mean Barocco will be a fantastic place to go.

“We only picked the keys up this week but it’s going to look great when we’ve finished with it.

“I’ve already been inundated with messages from well-wishers, so I’m sure it’ll be a big success.”

Karl added that he’s currently on the look out for staff in time for next month’s reopening, and anyone who’d like to apply should email him at karlwilliams567@gmail.com.

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