Local restaurateurs open second venue on The Pantiles

BUSINESS AT THE BAR: (left to right) Tess Kerslake, Lukas Barauskas, Murat Askin

A LOCAL hospitality partnership has expanded into the south of town, bringing The Pantiles Bar & Café under the same roof as TN1 Bar and Kitchen.

Lukas Barauskas became Head Chef and business partner of the Pantiles-based venue four years ago, but is now to join forces with his fellow directors of the Monson Road-based restaurant, Murat Askin and Tess Kerslake.

The joint venture replaces the former owners of the Pantiles venue, Craig and Tania McGrath.

Mr Barauskas was already Executive Chef at TN1 Bar & Kitchen, and received a Times Business Award on behalf of the restaurant last March.

He said: “I am really proud of what we have already achieved at the Pantiles Bar & Café. Working with Tess and Murat will add another dimension to the business.

“We are extending our evening hours and offering a wider range to answer the needs of a broader clientele and I am excited for what the future holds.”

Both venues will be open seven days a week, with The Pantiles café extending its opening hours to operate from 9am to 5pm on Sunday through Wednesday, and 9am to 11pm on Thursday through Saturday.

Mr Askin added: “With seating for 30 inside and 35 outside nestled in the Colonnade, it really is an all-year-round location.”

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