Tonight, Josephine will open in Liverpool
Cocktail bar and party brand Tonight Josephine has announced it will open in Liverpool later this year for its sixth UK location.
The latest location for Tonight Josephine, part of the Adventure Bar group under the Nightcap Group umbrella, will be located at 85-89 Hanover Street, Liverpool. The floor will cover approximately 7,983 square feet, spread over a ground floor entrance, basement and lower basement and has an unlimited capacity of 350. Its permitted hours are until 2 a.m. Monday to Thursday and 3 am on Friday and Saturday.
Nightcap Managing Director Sarah Willingham said: “The Tonight Josephine brand is ready to continue its rapid rollout across the UK. We have opened in Birmingham, Clapham and more recently launched in Cardiff, with several sold out events and parties from the get go.
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Cocktail Club reaches 16 locations with Birmingham opening
The Nightcap group are set to open a flagship site for their brand, The Cocktail Club, in Birmingham later this year.
The new venue will open at 31 Temple Street, Birmingham. It will be a ground floor venue covering an area of approximately 4,600 square feet which will be divided into three bar areas with an unlimited capacity of 450 people and will be licensed seven days a week until at 2 o’clock in the morning.
Nightcap’s Managing Director, Sarah Willingham, said: “From the outset, we believed The Cocktail Club format had the potential to successfully leverage larger venues. Reading and Bristol have both exceeded our maturity net sales targets in their first three months of operation and we are confident that Birmingham will continue on this trajectory with an even larger site.
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Greedy Gordons Pub Group opens third location in Northamptonshire
Pub operator Greedy Gordons Pub Group has opened its third location in Northamptonshire, following a £500,000 renovation.
The Snooty Fox in Lowick, near Thrapston, is a private lease that was opened by owners Richard Gordon and Sonya Harvey.
The pub was due to open two years ago but was delayed due to pandemic challenges. It has a 50-seat restaurant and a 60-seat bar, with a bar featuring a beer wall with nine pumps, offering beers from around the world. Snooty Fox’s food offering focuses on dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood, with the venue having a lobster tank in its kitchen.
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A ‘much-loved’ pub reopens in Stony Stratford after its makeover
The Wells & Co pub, in partnership with Abi Perry-Jones, has opened the Old School House after extensive refurbishment in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire.
Formerly called The Plow, the pub has been transformed into a fresh and vibrant new space, with a new bar snack menu launched as well as three-course meal options and a wide variety of drinks such as Brewpoint ales brewed in Bedford .
Emily Ellwood, general manager of the pub, commented: “We look forward to welcoming locals back to their much loved pub. We’re the pub for all occasions, offering a fantastic new menu and a huge range of drinks, including our own one-of-a-kind cocktail bar. We look forward to seeing you all soon.”
Hertfordshire pub opens after extensive refurbishment
The Checkers in Woolmer Green, Hertfordshire, opens after extensive refurbishment.
The work completed includes a completely refreshed look, including the bar and dining room, which has been redecorated throughout, providing a modern and comfortable interior, which features a seating area and ample dining space. There has also been an extensive makeover of the garden which includes heated spaces and high table fire pits.
The floor has been reconfigured and there are now four en-suite bedrooms as well as a private dining room that can accommodate up to 20 people. This space can be used for private receptions, and is ideal for hosting business meetings.
Additionally, dining options include a seasonal menu featuring daily specials. Checkers general manager Greg Knox said the renovation had been “transformational”. He added: “The pub is ready, our food is prepared, the drinks will be flowing and our team are here to welcome the people of Woolmer Green and beyond back to their beloved pub. I look forward to welcoming everyone personally.”
Tonight, Josephine Cardiff opens its doors and presents a new look
Adventure Bar Group officially launched their Tonight Josephine venue in Cardiff on Friday 8th April.
Located inside the former Charleston’s Steakhouse on Caroline Street, the restaurant features a new look inspired by Gen-Z culture and an extensive menu of over 30 cocktails.
Along with their iconic “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make History” sign, the venue features new acid green neon emblazoned with the words “Kiss the Frogs and Make Them Cry.” Storefronts are decked out in pink vinyl, and bright green booths will line the walls.
Cardiff is the first Tonight Josephine venue to span two floors and will have a capacity of 294 people. Adventure Bar Group founder Tom Kidd said he was “thrilled” to have opened the venue with his new look. “Cardiff is such a young, vibrant and positive city; we are convinced that tonight Josephine will be very well received,” he concluded.
‘Charming’ West Sussex Inn on the Market
Coaching Inn, The Swan in Fittleworth, West Sussex is now on the market, available only with leisure property specialists Fleurets.
Freehold of the historic Grade II listed inn is available with a guide from £1,250,000 plus VAT. There is also a new 20-year zero-premium unattached lease available.
The two-storey property dates back to the 15andcentury and includes a bar and a dining room (60 covers), reception/meeting rooms (24 covers), an enclosed garden with lawn (100 covers), patios (40 covers) and 15 rental rooms with private baths. There is also a separate private accommodation.
The Swan has been closed since 2020 and requires some investment, although its historic charm is still very evident both outside and inside the property.
Nick Earee, Foil Division Manager Brighton, said: “I am delighted to have been commissioned to bring this lovely Grade II listed hostel to the open market which is close to Goodwood and a number of venues. remarkable interest.
“With the lack of visible stock in the market, I expect huge interest with the first screenings to be held on April 21 from 11:30 a.m..”
Opening of the Brewdog site in Hull
Brewdog’s brand new UK bar in Hull, East Yorkshire, opened on Friday 8th April at midday.
The venue is located on Princes Dock Street, just minutes from Hull Marina and the city centre. The bar will have 28 drafts of craft beer and will serve a variety of drinks, with take-out service available.
Additionally, Brewdog Hull sees the 5andSlice of Red True’s Barbeque Kitchen Residence, with vegetarian and vegan classics also available.
North Yorkshire Inn refurbished and on the market
The George Country Inn, North Yorkshire has been completely refurbished and is now on the market by Davey Co.
The premises are held on the residue of a ten year private lease from 2021. Rent is £10,000 until August 2022, £20,000 until August 2023 and £25,000 for the entire remaining term of the lease.
Additionally, the pub’s redesign includes a lounge-dining room, private dining room, village bar, reception room and four en-suite bathrooms. It is located in Wath, a village between Ripon and Thirsk, and is held on private lease terms with rent ranging from £10,000 per year to £25,000 per year over three years.
£132,000 net sales for the first six months from start, easily able to achieve net sales of over £400,000 in the hands of experienced owner-operators or private operators of multi-site country inns .
Additionally, fixtures and fittings are virtually free of loan, hire-purchase, and lease agreements. Offers are being sought in the region of £125,000 for leasehold premises, goodwill and retail fixtures. Shares must be purchased separately upon evaluation.
Vegan cocktail bar opens in Clapham
Guava, a vegan cocktail bar, opened on March 8 in Clapham, south London, by the team behind Caribbean restaurant Sugarcane London, also in Clapham.
The bar is run by Tarell McIntosh, the mastermind behind Sugarcane, and will be open Thursday through Saturday from 6 p.m. until late.
Diageo takes in £2.4m to turn pubs and bars into outdoor sports gardens
Diageo is giving pubs, restaurants and bars the chance to revamp their outdoor sports spaces with the latest phase of the £30m Raising the Bar initiative.
The program launched in 2020 and has supported over 30,000 outlets over the past two years. The latest stand will offer successful outlets a variety of options to maximize their outdoor spaces, including extendable tents and awnings, wood-clad walls, freestanding bars, outdoor seating, outdoor lighting and more.
To request support, licensees must complete a questionnaire on www.diageo-one.com by April 30, 2022. Successful outlets will be selected by a Diageo non-commercial board and will hear from the Raising the Bar team in May, with instillations in May and June.
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