Turtle Bay will front on to Castle Square
A new Caribbean-themed restaurant is opening in Swansea city centre.
Turtle Bay will be taking over 4,000 square feet on the ground floor of the former Inspirations shop building on the corner of Castle Street.
Expected to open in June, Turtle Bay already has restaurants in more than 30 other UK cities.
Discussions are also on-going between the building's private owners and a number of companies about the take-up of office space on the building's second and third floors.
James Morse, a director of the company that owns the building, said: "As well as creating jobs for local people, this new restaurant will add to the area's vitality, while supporting Swansea Council's ideas to transform Castle Square into a more thriving, family-friendly destination where people can dine and enjoy views of the castle. We're wholly supportive of these ideas, as well as the council's regeneration plans for the city centre as a whole."
Swansea Council's Cabinet is being asked next week to approve the preparation of a development brief for the square that could see it transformed into a greener, more vibrant destination with better links to Swansea Castle.
Feedback in response to the publication of a public open space notice will also be considered by Cabinet to help inform the preparation of the development brief.
To reflect people's comments, the development brief will set out a number of key principles that are likely to include more greenery, more public space and the need for the square to continue to hold events and activities.
It's being proposed the council considers options for developing square itself, while also retaining ownership and control of the destination. Other ideas that could be explored include the introduction of restaurants and food and drink kiosks.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "We will not sell Castle Square - this is something we've been very clear about.
"What we are intending to do, with Cabinet's approval, is prepare a development brief that will allow us to explore partial redevelopment options there that will include more public space, the introduction of more greenery and the continued use of the square for public events and activities.
"These principles reflect the feedback residents have provided, with the majority of people agreeing with us that the square looks tired and needs to be transformed into a more vibrant, family-friendly, aesthetically pleasing destination.
"Swansea residents deserve a greener, more thriving square where they can meet, relax, have a coffee, dine and enjoy views of Swansea Castle. This would befit the square's location at the heart of our soon-to-be regenerated city centre, with the Turtle Bay restaurant news showing the private sector has confidence in our ideas.
"With clever design and by reconfiguring the levels of the square, we can meet all our objectives to develop a thriving 21st century destination that also recaptures the charm of Castle Gardens."
If the recommendations to Cabinet are approved, any specific schemes that may come forward in future would be consulted on.
"No decisions have been made," said Cllr Stewart. "Residents will again be asked for their feedback when options for the square's transformation are developed in future. This is vitally important because we're determined to keep meeting people's aspirations."