Notorious town centre bar reopens under new management

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which was previously known as Bla Bla Bar and before that Coco Lounge, has been empty for months after the licence was revoked last October due to issues with crime and disorder.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

11:05pm Mon 22 Sep 14

Dannym7704 says...

Bogus or untrue reviews help no body especially Bury Nightlife itself,after 3 months of Business in the town the Bar has grown steadily,I have met lots and lots of really down to earth customers,Unfortunat
ely malicious and bogus reviews are a part of our business, The Genuine people in this world are wise enough to see thru sensational fiction..Regards Danny
Bogus or untrue reviews help no body especially Bury Nightlife itself,after 3 months of Business in the town the Bar has grown steadily,I have met lots and lots of really down to earth customers,Unfortunat ely malicious and bogus reviews are a part of our business, The Genuine people in this world are wise enough to see thru sensational fiction..Regards Danny Dannym7704
  • Score: 0

11:25pm Mon 22 Sep 14

Dannym7704 says...

Lime lounge has now been operational for 14 weeks and has understandably been kept under strict licensing conditions due to previous issues as Coco lounge and Bla bla bar, I am extremely proud to say we have and will continue to maintain a safe and completely unblemished reputation for providing a safe atmospheric and enjoyable venue,these claims are documented with Bury GMP ,please feel free to check this endorsement, i will continue to run a safe venue for OVER 18s without issue.enjoy Danny
Lime lounge has now been operational for 14 weeks and has understandably been kept under strict licensing conditions due to previous issues as Coco lounge and Bla bla bar, I am extremely proud to say we have and will continue to maintain a safe and completely unblemished reputation for providing a safe atmospheric and enjoyable venue,these claims are documented with Bury GMP ,please feel free to check this endorsement, i will continue to run a safe venue for OVER 18s without issue.enjoy Danny Dannym7704
  • Score: 0

12:49am Tue 23 Sep 14

Alfie7765 says...

Both me and my hubby have been spending our saturday nights in town for 20 years,our haunts are usually the white lion then on to brambles,we saw the piece in the paper and thought we would give this Lime Lounge a decent try,i am glad we did,the owner is a true gentleman who from the first time we went in he treated us with respect as well as the lovely doormen,The disco music is great and my husband says its a decent pint,we still go on to brambles to join our freinds but we always call in to see Danny at Lime for a couple of drinks,This is a world away from the horrible place it was before,There are no drunks or kids in there and there are not many places in town i can say that about 10/10 everyone
Both me and my hubby have been spending our saturday nights in town for 20 years,our haunts are usually the white lion then on to brambles,we saw the piece in the paper and thought we would give this Lime Lounge a decent try,i am glad we did,the owner is a true gentleman who from the first time we went in he treated us with respect as well as the lovely doormen,The disco music is great and my husband says its a decent pint,we still go on to brambles to join our freinds but we always call in to see Danny at Lime for a couple of drinks,This is a world away from the horrible place it was before,There are no drunks or kids in there and there are not many places in town i can say that about 10/10 everyone Alfie7765
  • Score: 0

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