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