Popular live music venue shuts its doors
THE popular music venue is closing its doors for good.
Ronnie’s Bar moved from its regular spot in Duke’s Court to Mill Street last September.
But the venue has struggled to pull in the punters and will close at the end of the month.
Owner Ronnie Rees, 54, said the venue was no longer economically viable.
He said: “Macclesfield is a different place than it was four years ago. Austerity has taken its toll. To make a venue that size work I need to be filling two or three times a week. That just wasn’t happening. I’ve had to cut my losses.”
Last month Ronnie’s Bar began running under-age club nights again for the first time after three teenagers were hospitalised after taking suspected ecstasy-style drug last November.
Mr Rees said: “That sort of experience is every bar-owner’s worst nightmare. It floored me to be honest and left me with a sense of anxiety about how things like that can go out of your control.”
Mr Rees said he will still operate the Ron Tiki Bar on Mill Street.
He said: “I still believe Macclesfield has a desperate need for a live music bar but it will take more than one independent owner to keep this one afloat.”
Meanwhile, regulars are lamenting the closure of The Castle Inn on Castle Street, which closed last month.The historic grade two listed pub was famed for its historical interior which includes public rooms, an old bar counter, tap room, tongue-andgrooved wall benches, smoke room with 1920s ornaments and Victorian fireplace. It is recorded in the National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.
The pub was a regular haunt of 1960s rock band The Purple Gang, who played at The Castle at the peak of their career.
Singer Joe Beard said: “It was a very special place.”
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