A WELL-KNOWN restaurant in Penarth Marina is set to re-open to the public tomorrow after a £100,000 overhaul and re-adjustments.

Pier 64 Limited ceased trading on January 2 this year after Cardiff insolvency firm Begbies Traynor confirmed it was going into liquidation.

However, Stephen Jones, who owns company Sansemea Limited, has taken over the restaurant and said "nothing is changing" with how it operates.

The company also bought the name Pier 64 and have retained original staff members and chefs.

Mr Jones also said that all customers who booked at the restaurant or bought gift vouchers before Pier 64 Limited closed will be honoured by the new restaurant.

"The restaurant was in need of refurbishment," said Mr Jones. "It was struggling because all of the equipment was 10 years old so everything was obsolete.

"I decided to give it a go and take it over and bought Pier 64. We took it over on January 14 and needed an interim period where a lot of money and work was put into the refurbishment.

"We held interviews with the former staff and we have most of them working here again now. We also have three of five chefs that were at the restaurant previously, including a top chef who has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world."

Mr Jones said the restaurant will retain certain features, and the new menu will have some classic dishes that have been the most popular at the venue. He said all the work put into renovating the kitchen, honouring customers and other bits of work has cost around £100,000 altogether, but believes Pier 64 is worth it.

"I have been eating at Pier 64 myself for 10 years before this investment," Mr Jones said. "They say in the business not to buy into what you like but there you go.

"Nothing is changing much here and it will continue to be the premier restaurant in the town and in the Vale."