A RUNDOWN town centre pub is reopening as a 'Nando's-style' restaurant and bar - with plans to add a soft play area and laser quest upstairs.

The former Chicago Rock pub, on Island Corner, Wellington Street, will become Regency Bar and Grill.

Phil Booth, speaking on behalf of director Maria Ramos, who is managing the new bar and restaurant, said the initial work to restore the building will focus on the ground floor - but there are big plans for the upstairs.

Mr Booth said: “We have put an advert out to gauge public interest and see what people might want to see upstairs.

“It’s not going to be another Hedonism or Mambos but something like a big soft play area and a laser quest.

“Downstairs it is going to be like a Nando's-style restaurant.

“We’re looking to open downstairs for August Bank Holiday and the upstairs nearer Christmas."