The launch of a new family play café in Bristol has been delayed due to repair work at one of the city’s main car parks.
Rhubarb on Berkeley Place, at the top of Jacob’s Wells Road, was due to open last year but the launch hit the buffers because of the ongoing essential maintenance at the West End multi-story car park above.
Owned by Wiltshire-based soft play business Tigerplay, Rhubarb plans to be a play space and café for children and their parents and carers.
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The Rhubarb website says the ‘vibrant space will offer both an eating experience for families, as well as an explorative, creative, educational and fun play space for children. A family café that feels safe, welcoming and inclusive to mums, dads, carers and the whole family’.
It goes on to describe the contemporary interior as a space carefully designed for adults to relax and for children to play in harmony, saying ‘our objective is to be the go-to destination for Bristol families to dine and play together’.
The menu in the café will include locally sourced ingredients and Rhubarb will also play host to a range of workshops, classes and activities.
Formerly the site of the Europcar vehicle rental office and showroom, Rhubarb is located at the bottom of the multi-storey car park which closed for repairs in 2019.
The 50-year-old West End car park needs extensive work and the cost of repairs is expected to be more than £1million.
According to a Bristol City Council cabinet report in 2019, the work includes demolishing some of the decks which have suffered the most “extensive corroding of steel reinforcement”.
In December, a message posted on Rhubarb’s Facebook and Instagram accounts said: “We have been informed that some essential works need to be carried out in the car park above us as well as inside our play café, meaning we are unable to open for some time to come.
“We are pretty devastated by this news. We have put a lot of time, care, love, effort and investment into trying to being this vision alive and add something positive to the Bristol landscape for both adults and children.”
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