PLANS for the transformation of the former Amber Lounge bar in Chester city center have been unveiled.
It is proposed to open a new tiki bar in the Grade II* listed building on Watergate Street Row, called Kahiki.
The venue would mirror the existing Kahiki establishment in Bolton town centre, with plans submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council by contractor Tim Wetjen.
Renovations are being sought for the interior of the building, including replacement of the bar itself, repair of floors, new toilets and new exterior signage.
The interior would be given decor worthy of a ‘tiki bar’, with a faux green wall, ‘branch-style’ timbers to support the light fixtures and wrap around the columns, and faux plantings on the outdoor balcony and near seating areas. All heritage beams would be protected and retained and all fasteners would be minimized or reused where possible.
The development applicant said: “The overall aesthetic of the bar seeks to create extensive improvements and create a more upscale environment. All heritage elements will be respected and have been included in the design with great significance.”
Amber Lounge was one of several nightspots in Chester city center until it closed, only to reopen under new ownership as the rebranded Amber. However, this business also closed its doors, shortly before the start of the Covid pandemic.
Kahiki opened in Bolton in July 2016 and serves a range of cocktails and beers, as well as a dance club and nightclub.
If planning permission is granted, the venue would join a host of other food outlets on Watergate Street, many of which have opened or reopened in recent years.
Nearby cocktail bars include Lono Cove, Palm and Kuckoo on Watergate Street, and The Love Shack on Cuppin Street.