New sports bar & smoke­house to open

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@reach­plc.com @chantelle­heeds

TWO quirky new bars are to open on Lord Street, fol­low­ing a multi-mil­lion-pound trans­for­ma­tion.

The new venues, Pot­ting Shed Bar & Gar­dens and Firepit Smoke­house & Sports Bar are on the site of the for­mer Sand­grounder pub.

The Sand­grounder closed in Oc­to­ber and has since been trans­formed by con­cept bar spe­cial­ists Orms­bor­ough Ltd, which al­ready owns and op­er­ates five Pot­ting Sheds and two Firepits in York­shire, and has spent £2.6m cre­at­ing its first site with the two bars un­der one roof.

An of­fi­cial VIP launch night will be held to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day, June 13) from 6pm, and the Visiter has been given an ex­clu­sive first look at what the venues are ex­pected to look like.

The bars have cre­ated more than 50 jobs and guests at­tend­ing the VIP open­ing can ex­pect to en­joy a se­lec­tion of drinks, canapes and live en­ter­tain­ment.

Pot­ting Shed Bar & Gar­dens, which has a quirky out­doors-toin­doors gar­den theme, will be on the ground floor and spe­cialises in craft beers, cock­tails and ar­ti­san spir­its, and freshly home­made food.

Firepit will be on the first floor and has Amer­i­cana decor in­cor­po­rat­ing clas­sic car parts, neon signage and a cus­tom-built Airstream­style alu­minium car­a­van for pri­vate booth din­ing. Its menu fo­cuses on US-style dishes from an in-house smoker and wood-burn­ing grill.

Sports will be shown through­out Firepit and the main screen is a 4x2 me­tre LED wall. It is hoped that the new venues will bring some­thing new and ex­cit­ing to South­port’s bar scene.

Hugh Evans, of South­port BID, said: “This is great news for South­port. The fact that the group is con­fi­dent of generating a re­turn on their in­vest­ment is good for lo­cal jobs, lo­cal busi­ness, and the wider econ­omy in gen­eral.”

Gen­eral man­ager for The Pot­ting Shed and Firepit South­port, Garry Parr, said they are ex­cited to be able to show off the new venue af­ter months of refurbishment: “Be­ing on Lord Street means we’ve been car­ry­ing out the trans­for­ma­tion on South­port’s busiest road, thou­sands of peo­ple pass ev­ery day, and we know there’s been real an­tic­i­pa­tion to see it.

“We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved and it looks fan­tas­tic, es­pe­cially the roof ter­race which is some­thing quite spe­cial, so now we can’t wait for the launch party and for ev­ery­one to ex­pe­ri­ence it for them­selves.”

JAMES BROWN

An ex­clu­sive first look at what the new Pot­ting Shed Bar & Gar­dens and Firepit Smoke­house & Sports Bar on Lord Street in South­port should look like

JAMES BROWN

Firepit Smoke­house & Sports Bar in Lord Street will have an Amer­i­can theme

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