Notorious town centre bar reopens under new management

Danny Martelli, owner of Lime Lounge in Bury,

Danny Martelli, owner of Lime Lounge in Bury,

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

A BAR in Bury which became notorious for the wrong reasons has been given a dramatic makeover by a celebrity minder.

Danny Martelli, who has escorted and protected Manchester’s VIPs for 30 years, is the new owner of Lime Lounge in Silver Street which opened earlier this month.

The bar, which was previously known as Bla Bla Bar and before that Coco Lounge, has been empty for months after the licence was revoked last October due to issues with crime and disorder.

Mr Martelli, aged 49, is no stranger to running bars —having owned popular Cheshire nightclub 161 in Hale for many years.

He is desperate for Bury’s bar-goers to give Lime Lounge “the chance it deserves” and to come down and take in the changes for themselves.

Mr Martelli, who was born in Salford but now lives in Daisy Nook, near Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “The place has been completely refurbished and people who have been coming in don’t even recognise it — I wanted to make it completely different to what was there before.

“I wanted to create a safe and relaxed environment where people of all ages can come for a drink and feel completely comfortable.

“We are open six nights a week and have different themes such as forties and fifties with a nostalgic film playing on our big screen, and rock and roll.

“The bar evolves from a midweek meeting place to chill out socially to a full on party with a DJ at weekends.

“We are mimicking a bohemian New York atmosphere and that is something completely unique for Bury.”

Mr Martelli said there is no charge to enter the bar on any night but security, provided by his own firm Scorpion, will be tight to prevent underage drinkers and “problem customers”.

He added: “I have done my homework and I know the police used to have problems with the bar which was here previously.

“But all that is in the past, and people have to make their own minds up by coming down and seeing what they think.”

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4:29pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Joebro says...

Tryed the bar last week and it was great,really freindly staff and doormen were welcoming and chatty,tryed a frozen cocktail for the first time...moorish,will definately make it our new haunt on our nights out...well done bury needs a cool late night club
Tryed the bar last week and it was great,really freindly staff and doormen were welcoming and chatty,tryed a frozen cocktail for the first time...moorish,will definately make it our new haunt on our nights out...well done bury needs a cool late night club Joebro
  • Score: 5

5:36pm Thu 4 Sep 14

amme33 says...

after not going out in Bury for some time due to getting bored of the same old bars my friend mentioned a new bar so we gave it a try !
I have to say I was really pleased the bar is so welcoming, fab drink prices and my favourite frozen cocktails, the staff were really pleasant and the music was great, we ended up staying in there all night.
I will be returning as there are not many bars out there these days that a group of women can feel safe and carefree (in my opinion) but this bar is certainly one that u can, we will be returning very soon
after not going out in Bury for some time due to getting bored of the same old bars my friend mentioned a new bar so we gave it a try ! I have to say I was really pleased the bar is so welcoming, fab drink prices and my favourite frozen cocktails, the staff were really pleasant and the music was great, we ended up staying in there all night. I will be returning as there are not many bars out there these days that a group of women can feel safe and carefree (in my opinion) but this bar is certainly one that u can, we will be returning very soon amme33
  • Score: 9

9:24pm Tue 16 Sep 14

Jason68 says...

Well where do I start!
Ventured to this 'club' or should I say shop conversion last Saturday night with a few friends for a birthday celebration. Like you expect in any venue I mentioned to the staff that it was my friends birthday hoping for a shout out from the DJ, but all I got back was a nasty remark about the way she was dressed 'slutty' was one of the remarks to which I was disgusted. As I didn't want this to ruin out celebration I didn't say anything to the group and carried on with the night.
As the night progressed we danced and drank but was not impressed AT ALL when I saw people drug dealing in the toilets! Which after reading this article can see that no one who takes on these premises will ever get away from the bad name it has. What was more disturbing was the face a member of staff came into the toilets and the only comment made was 'you can't do that here go into the cubicle'!
I will not be returning to this venue and will definitely not be recommending it to anyone! If anyone wants any advise STAY CLEAR nothing has changed from what it used to be. The police should shut the place down and reopen it as a shop!
Well where do I start! Ventured to this 'club' or should I say shop conversion last Saturday night with a few friends for a birthday celebration. Like you expect in any venue I mentioned to the staff that it was my friends birthday hoping for a shout out from the DJ, but all I got back was a nasty remark about the way she was dressed 'slutty' was one of the remarks to which I was disgusted. As I didn't want this to ruin out celebration I didn't say anything to the group and carried on with the night. As the night progressed we danced and drank but was not impressed AT ALL when I saw people drug dealing in the toilets! Which after reading this article can see that no one who takes on these premises will ever get away from the bad name it has. What was more disturbing was the face a member of staff came into the toilets and the only comment made was 'you can't do that here go into the cubicle'! I will not be returning to this venue and will definitely not be recommending it to anyone! If anyone wants any advise STAY CLEAR nothing has changed from what it used to be. The police should shut the place down and reopen it as a shop! Jason68
  • Score: 0
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