Burslem's Denry's Music Bar in £25k revamp to create new jobs
A PUB has under gone a £25,000 overhaul as its new owners try to tap into the resurgence of a town's nightlife.
Denry's Music Bar in St John's Square, Burslem, is the latest venue in the Mother Town to get an extensive refurbishment.
The project has seen the bar overhauled and the cellar – which hosts live music – has been given a makeover.
Business partners Maurice Pass, Sarah Campbell and Karen Walton are also planning to open a steak house restaurant above the venue.
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The grill will seat about 40 customers and the additional venture is expected to create up to five jobs.
Sarah, aged 34, of Baddeley Green, said: "We wanted to go somewhere that is up-and-coming.
"Burslem is really lively and it seems to have overtaken Hanley."
The 34-year-old has run a number of pubs in the area but made the move to the Mother Town to help her brother Maurice realise his ambition to own a bar.
She added: "Denry's has lots of character and there is a lot of potential.
"There will be lots of live music on from DJs to acoustic sets."
The trio say business has already been good at the refurbished venue.
Sarah added: "We have spent £25,000 and it's ongoing. We wanted to deck it out with all new furniture and make it impressive."
Brother Maurice is hoping to leave a permanent mark on Burslem's nightlife after giving up his previous job as a tattoo artist.
The 35-year-old of Etruria, who ran Proper Tattoo in Tunstall before selling the business, said: "A lot of people are commenting that Burslem is a better night out than Hanley and there is so much potential here.
"There is nothing like a steak house in Burslem, so that is something we want to offer."
DJ Mike Stanier, who performs at Hanley's The Underground and The Full Moon in Newcastle, will host regular indie nights at the bar.
Mike, aged 23, of Burslem said: "About five years ago you wouldn't have been talking about Burslem as a place to have a night out but people are now."
As part of the project two flats above the bar are also being renovated and brought back into use.
The bar's new owners claimed the venture was an attractive one because of the business rates on offer from Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
The renovation at Denry's comes just weeks after the nearby Ye Old Crown was unveiled as a centre for Northern Soul fans following a £100,000 makeover.
Cash for that project came from the venue's owners alongside Burslem Regeneration Company who offered roughly £30,000 to help.
Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development, inward investment, culture, sport and leisure for the authority, added: "We are constantly trying to explore new and innovative ways of attracting investment into our town centres, which include making sure our business rates are competitive in the market place.
"As a council we are extremely confident that new businesses will see the potential to set up in Burslem and make the most out of what the Mother Town of the Potteries has to offer."