A NEW restaurant in Wrexham will get a special blessing following its official opening next week.

ThaiDine, on Bridge Street, will welcome Buddhist Monks, who will bless the business, after its big launch on Thursday, October 5.

The new venture of contemporary Thai cuisine, has been started by friends Steve Bevan and Adrian Jones, both from Wrexham.

Located in what is believed to have been the oldest gentleman's club in the city, the renovation of the listed building is now complete, including a dining space in the converted cellar.

Inside ThaiDine, in Wrexham.

Inside ThaiDine, in Wrexham.

Plumber Adrian, who owns the building, and Steve have tried to keep as many aspects of the project local as possible, even down to the venue's website designer.

And guests can expect an authentic experience, from the decor to the food.

Steve, 58, who also currently serves in the RAF, said: "We've imported £5,000 of decoration from Bangkok Market in Thailand. It looks amazing.

"We 100% support local, sourcing from the area for as much as we can, that's our whole ethos."

And it's a real family affair, with Steven's wife Pha Bevan, and her children Dom Stewart and Sami Meechin, and Adrian's wife Victoria Sumner-Jones playing various roles in ThaiDine.

ThaiDine, supported with funding from the Welsh Government, has already got off to a good start, with their tester nights being fully booked and receiving great reviews. Diners who have experienced the tester events have been full of praise for the food, atmosphere and service, with one calling it "unbelievable".

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Wrexham AFC season ticket holder Steve added: "We've been really pleased with the response, we're over the moon. Everyone's been saying they can't believe there's something like this in Wrexham."

• ThaiDine will open Tuesday to Friday noon-3pm and 5pm-10pm, Saturday noon-10pm and Sunday noon-9pm. For more details, including the full menu, or to book, call 01978 541324 or visit thaidinewrexham.co.uk online.