NEWPORT is set to be home to what is calling itself the city’s “first Yemeni restaurant.”
Located at 60 Commercial Street in the city centre, Balqis Restaurant promises to deliver a range of meals from Middle Eastern country Yemen.
At this time, no opening date has been given for the venture, though a banner hanging from the shop front promises that it is “opening soon”.
Currently, the metal roller shutters have been wound down on the ground floor restaurant.
As such, it is something of a mystery as to what work has been carried out internally to get the premises up and running.
One thing is known – the restaurant has registered with the local authority, and is currently awaiting a food hygiene inspection.
While it is not known how long the unit has been empty for, it has seen a number of different tenants over the years.
Most recently, it was home to Nipa Hut, a Filipino and Chinese restaurant – though it is not known when this closed.
Prior to that, the site hosted Coffee & Crumbs, a local coffee shop.
With no obvious website or social media presence, Balqis Restaurant is something of a mystery at this time.