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Cafe bar group celebrates 20 years at the top.

STAFF at one of the country's top cafe bar chains are in high spirits.

The Fat Cat group celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday, having started the brand in North Wales on January 20 1992.

The Derby-based company, which has premises in Llandudno, Wrexham and Chester, opened its first bar in Bangor.

The Gwynedd venue was the first of 14 bars and restaurants and opened in its original location on the high street.

Managing director Matt Saunders and financial director Simon Patterson resided above the bar during its first years before expanding to Chester and Nottingham. To celebrate this landmark achievement, the Fat Cat is holding a 20th birthday party on Friday at its Derby base, though every branch will be celebrating with offers and music from the early 1990s.

Matt told Business Post: "We have seen enormous changes within the pub and restaurant sector as well as the economy as a whole over the past 20 years.

"During this time both the business and the Fat Cat brand has evolved enormously to become the entity that it is today, whilst staying true to its core values of serving great food and drink at good value for money in a stylish and safe environment."

Since 1992 the firm has opened further sites in London, the Midlands, across Wales and the north west.

"During 2007 a number of our sites underwent refits in order maintain the high standards," added Matt.

"Over a period of two years during 2010/11 an additional six sites received substantial investment in both customer areas and back of house.

"The Fat Cat has been at the forefront of radical changes to the pub industry, constantly innovating in order to satisfy increasingly sophisticated customer demands for food and drink and the atmosphere in which to enjoy it. The big brewers are now also introducing well-executed concepts within the sector, making the industry a most exciting one to be a part of, both as a customer and an operator."

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Liz Williams celebrates 20 years of the Fat Cat cafe bar chain at the group's Bangor premises Pic: JEFF PITT
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 18, 2012
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