New spark of life for venue
Manager pledges to keep out anyone likely to create anti-social behaviour
THE owners of a bar hope to restore the reputation of a location previously plagued by anti-social behaviour.
Bar Italia has opened in the premises formerly home to Electric Lounge, in High Street, Uxbridge, which had been marred by fights and other disturbances.
Hillingdon Council and Hillingdon Police joined forces in June 2013 to impose a trading hours reduction and other measures to tackle antisocial activity.
The new manager, Charlie Murrell, said he was confident he could turn the venue around.
“I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life, because the product we are offering is something Uxbridge has never seen,” he said.
“Obviously we are aware of the clientèle that was at Electric Lounge before and we are making sure we get rid of that.”
The owners have completely refurbished the interior, which has seating for 250 customers, and a new outdoor decking area is planned for next summer.
The business, which specialises in pizzas and cocktails, is owned by the company Santi and Santi Uxbridge, which has also run the Italian restaurant next door, Nonna Rosa, for about 30 years.
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