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Tropea reopening after refurb in June with new al fresco terrace

A modern Italian casual dining eatery in Birmingham, Tropea has announced it is closing the cafe side of the venue to focus and expand the restaurant offering, with a light refurbishment and new terrace, just in time for the summer.

Located in Harborne, Tropea (pronounced Tro-Pey-A) opened in 2021 as a ‘cafe by day, restaurant by night'. It is inspired by the small town on the Calabrian coast, with its menu taking its influence from all over Italy.

There will be four tables of two on the new outside terrace, with new branded awning providing shade. This space is designed to reflect the traditional Italian way of eating al fresco and will include greenery.

The restaurant will see brand new Crittall-style windows installed and new banquettes will add around four additional covers inside, which will also allow the restaurant to take larger group bookings of potentially up to twelve. The new banquettes and bar will feature colours that complement the branding inspired by its namesake Italian town.

Whilst the menu will not be changing, the refurbishment will see the cafe side of the business closing to allow more focus on the restaurant menu, with plans for a lunch offering.

The evening menu is made up of small plates, designed to share, including antipasti, fresh pastas, seafood and regional specialties. A mostly, but not exclusively, Italian drinks list including wines from regions all over the country is also available.

Tropeai s the brainchild of Ben Robinson-Young and Kasia Piatkowska, both graduates in Culinary Arts from the University College Birmingham. Ben said, “Tropea will not be changing too much aesthetically during this refurbishment, and it will still have the same feel to it.

'We didn’t want the refurbishment to make the restaurant feel overly designed nor new. We’re just making better use of our space and streamlining the design using what we already have. As we close the cafe side of Tropea, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our cafe patrons for their support. We are really excited to reveal the space in June.”

Tropea will reopen from 8 June with initial opening hours from 5pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Saturday. There are plans to open on Monday nights and for lunch, later in the week, in the future.