Bar will re-open af­ter four years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By NICK REINIS

THE city’s night-time econ­omy is set for a boost as a bar, closed for more than four years, is to re­open.

For­mer site of The Bar, in New Road, Peter­bor­ough is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a £450,000 facelift and will re-open as the new nightspot Halo next month.

The venue, which has been taken over by That Bar Ltd, prom­ises to of­fer a twopronged ap­proach for rev­ellers – serv­ing food, in­clud­ing sushi, dur­ing the day be­fore turn­ing into a bar from 7pm to 4am.

It will be man­aged by Dave Keet­ley, who has pre­vi­ously man­aged Mil­lion­aire Club in London Road, Shang­hai Sam’s in Geneva Street, Chicago Rock in New Road and Faith in Geneva Street.

He said: “It will have a touch of so­phis­ti­ca­tion suit­able for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

“We want to boost the night-time econ­omy and we think Peter­bor­ough is ready for a venue like this.

“I think the lo­ca­tion for us is very im­por­tant. There will be a lot of peo­ple walk­ing past the door from one place to the next. But this is some­thing dif­fer­ent and we are get­ting good feed­back to our plans.”

That Bar Ltd has al­ready se­cured a premises li­cence for the venue which is due to be­come ac­tive on June 4.

But with plenty of work still to be done in­side the venue, Mr Keet­ley is hop­ing that Halo will be ready for a grand open­ing in the first week of July.

The news has been met with de­light by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for busi­ness en­gage­ment, councillor Gavin Elsey.

He said: “I think it’s fan­tas­tic. We are in dire need of di­verse early evening and late night econ­omy and to have an­other venue open­ing is great news.

“The type of venue is ex­actly what we want. The night-time econ­omy we’ve got is al­most a one trick pony.

“It caters for a par­tic­u­lar sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion and ev­ery­where else is pretty baron.”

Halo will be open­ing in an area of the city which has been blighted by trou­ble in re­cent months.

Next door to the new venue is Shoot­ers bar, which was closed down per­ma­nently last month by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil fol­low­ing a cat­a­logue of late night vi­o­lence both in­side and out­side the premises.

Com­mu­nity safety and li­cens­ing team leader for Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice Deb­bie Samp­son said the num­ber of the po­lice call-outs to the area have de­creased since Shoot­ers Bar closed.

She said: “We want the city to be well run and we want busi­nesses to be suc­cess­ful and the city to be vi­brant.

“So I wel­come the new bar but we will be mon­i­tor­ing the area for any prob­lems.”

Pic­ture: Ben Davis

OPEN­ING: Dave Keet­ley, the new man­ager of Halo, which is due to open in New Road, Peter­bor­ough, next month. (METP01-06-10BD300)

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