WHILE the jet engines screeched overhead for the Bournemouth Air Festival , diners below soaked it all up from the Asahi Koh Lounge, set up by Koh Thai Tapas, just east of Boscombe Pier.

Throughout the festival, the marquee was filled with bustling activity for the second year running and guests enjoying being directly under the flight path of the soaring aircraft.

The marquee venue also hosted the daredevil pilots of the Air Festival at a special event on Saturday, to the delight of the gathered guests and passersby on the Boscombe Beach promenade.

Given the popularity of the Asahi Koh Lounge over the last two summers, it begs the question of whether the Koh Lounge ought to take up permanent residence throughout the summer, between May and September each year.

This could be a chance for Bournemouth to offer its first beach-bar and the first along the south coast.

The restaurant chain Koh Thai has proved a resounding success since its first Koh Thai Tapas restaurant opened in Boscombe in late 2009 and soon became a fashionable night-spot.

Spurred on by this success, director Jay Hampton and business partners Andrew Lennox, Nick Billingham and Jay Hampton, replicated this formula of the Christchurch Road original.

The last Koh Thai opened in December in the former Jimmy’s on Poole Hill, near The Triangle.

The growing chain also has plans afoot to open further venues locally and perhaps that beach bar.