Town centre bar's £150,000 make-over
A TOWN centre bar is undergoing a £150,000 redesign before it reopens on the August bank holiday weekend.
Bamboogy in Bradshawgate is being refurbished with a retro disco dancefloor and mirror balls downstairs.
There will be a Buddha-style bar with gold-framed mirrors and chandeliers upstairs.
Manager Kelly Marie Bannon and owner Pete Terry, from Goofellas Leisure, gave The Bolton News a sneak preview.
Miss Bannon said: “The downstairs area will be the big party zone with loads of mirrors, lights and a broad music policy appealing to a wide age-range of people. You might hear The Carpenters along with Robin Thicke, for example.
“The upstairs bar will focus more on dance music and R’n’B and be aimed at the slightly younger end of the market.
“There are two distinct floors with individual themes but overall we want to attract a wide range of people.
“We’ll also be offering cocktails and champagne. We’ve designed a number of booths with champagne tables featuring holes for the champagne bucket. We’ll be offering city centre service without city centre prices.”
Miss Bannon, aged 28, believes she is Bolton town centre’s youngest bar manager.
She has worked at various venues including Bailey’s Bar. She grew up in Tyldesley and attended Fred Longworth High School.
The Bradshawgate business currently employs 12 staff, most of whom are part-time, and the number could rise to 15 or 20 in the next year.
The bar has been closed for two weeks and will reopen on Friday, August 23.
Mr Terry, aged 37, said parent firm Goodfellas Leisure owns a number of bars across the north in towns including Oldham, Wigan and Scunthorpe.
He said: “The bar and nightclub industry has changed massively in recent years. Under the old licensing system, every town and city had a few big nightclubs where everyone went to when the pubs shut. Now, pubs and bars can stay open later and there is much more choice.
“I think there will always be a few big iconic nightclubs in big cities like Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool but not in the smaller towns.
“The smoking ban, alcohol pricing, the recession and youth unemployment all hit big nightclubs and old fashioned pubs hard. At the same time, door staff had to operate under new, stricter regulations, which meant a lot of the ‘dodgy’ ones left the industry but their properly trained replacements were more costly.
“However the good bars and venues have adapted to all these changes.
“I think Bolton could do with a few more restaurants but the town centre is still better than a number of town and city centres I can think of.”
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