Teignmouth’s Goldfish Bowl set to be revamped by team behind Exeter’s cool nightspot

An unused building on Teignmouth seafront is set to become a swanky new restaurant.

A group of four friends are planning to create a bar and cafe serving cocktails and street food from the old council building known as the Goldfish Bowl.

Patrick Fogarty and Tom Cullen, who own Doctor Ink’s Curiosities cocktail bar on Exeter Quay are behind the venture together with Teignmouth lifeboatman James Cassidy and  Ben Thompson, a marketing expert who recently shot and filmed the movie ‘The Drifters’ in Teignmouth last summer.

Mr Fogarty, with his wife Dee, also owns Bronx Bar and Cue in Teignmouth.

Their business, Pierhead Cafes & Bars Ltd, plans to launch ready for the summer season serving fresh juices, teas, cocktails and street food.

The name of the new bar has yet to be revealed.

Mr Fogarty said: “Pierhead aims to provide an informal, friendly atmosphere combined with great service; which will transition easily from breakfast through to dark o’clock. It will also be a hub to support local events and groups, providing a vibrant venue during the many festivals and community-run events.

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“The design will incorporate bold colours, washed woods and custom furniture reflecting the founders’ passion for the vibrant cultures of the Pacific. Importantly, it will bring the otherwise unused building to life through the day and evening with significant investment.”

The plans are set to go before Teignbridge Council’s planning committee on Tuesday April 16 and will bring new life to the unused council building, currently used for storage on Teignmouth Seafront.

It hopes to open from 7 am to midnight Monday to Friday and 8am to 11 pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

It is part of plans by Teignbridge Council to regenerate the seafront by inviting businesses to occupy the vacant buildings.

And it comes as the nearby Beachcomber cafe remains empty amid a legal row after a devastating fire in July 2017.

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This new venture is being led by four Teignmouth locals.

Tom Cullen has spent the last 20 years developing new concepts and roll outs for some of the largest food and drink brands in the UK. Patrick Fogarty has been an owner and operator in the top end of the hospitality sector throughout his career. As well as being a member of Teignmouth lifeboat, entrepreneur James Cassidy is a coach in the junior section at Teignmouth Rugby Club. Ben Thompson is a marketing expert and film maker.

The plans received one letter of objection and are being recommended for approval subject to conditions.