New spark of life for venue

Man­ager pledges to keep out any­one likely to cre­ate anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

■ There has been a huge re­ac­tion to this on so­cial me­dia. See www.face­book. com/uxbridgegazette.

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