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MOJO Bars unveils first wave of expansion plan

Voodoo Doll, the company behind MOJO Bars, has announced three new locations in Newcastle, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

The Newcastle bar, located on Newgate Street, is due to open at the end of September with a capacity of 250 people. It will offer the full MOJO menu as well as additional pizzas. The Liverpool venue will follow shortly thereafter.

Additionally, MOJO Edinburgh is scheduled to open in June 2023. Based on Rose Street, the bar will have a capacity of 200 people as well as a street cafe.

Owner and Manager of MOJO Bar, Martin Greenhow, said: “The pandemic has meant that we have had to put a stop to several plans for MOJO and we are so happy that we are now able to implement our program of expanding to bring great music, food, cold beer, killer cocktails and friendly staff to cities across the UK.

“We are in negotiations with several other units across the country. No city should be deprived of a MOJO.

Duo launches Warrington bar and restaurant

The independent bar and restaurant, Parlor, is due to open its first location in Warrington, Cheshire, in September.

The launch will mark the first hospitality project for owners James Wrigley and Tom Buckley who have raised over £500,000 in investment to date.

The pair will bring a new 3,869 square foot bar and casual dining destination to the city’s Time Square development.

The goal is to bring a slice of New York to guests with 22-inch pizzas, small plates and salads. There will also be an on-site entertainment offering with community-led events, local DJs and live music.

Wrigley said the venture was “hugely exciting” for him and Buckley, and they looked forward to bringing their vision to life and sharing it with Warrington customers.

He continued, “After visiting the location in Times Square, we immediately knew it was the perfect place to launch our concept of quality casual food and drink designed for the community.

“It’s a booming destination and we’re confident that our brand will fit in perfectly here. We want Parlor to be a place where everyone feels at home and shares our passion for good food.

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Grade II listed pub reopens after 3-week overhaul

The Grade II village pub, the Old Mill in Kennington, Ashford, reopened on Thursday July 7 with a new look and refreshed menu after a three-week refurbishment.

The beginning of the 19eThe venue of the century, part of the Shepherd Neame Estate, will feature a complete interior redecoration, improved lighting and a remodeled bar area when it reopens. It also has new seating and planters outside in the yard and grassed area.

Old Mill general manager Jon Haile said: ‘Customers will be surprised at how different it is – we’ve really brightened up the place. It has more of a warmer feel.

“We have always been a friendly pub, but we wanted to create a more welcoming and open atmosphere, so that people feel able to just come in and share a bottle of wine on the way home or some nibbles, without a reservation for a meal. It should feel like a nice, relaxed place.

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Brunning & Price co-founder launches fourth site

Multi-operator Pubs Limited has opened the fourth pub in its portfolio – the Henry Potts in Chester.

The pubco, which is operated by Jerry Brunning – the co-founder of Brunning & Price – has taken over the Watergate Street site which was once known as Big Hand Alehouse and, before that, Fat Cat.

Licensee Jonney Cox, who started the Pubs Limited the Hare site in Farndon two years ago, will run the Henry Potts.

Cox said: “We have an attractive offer with ‘Potts’. Everyone loves a village pub, and we see Potts operating the same way – as a first class local pub in the town whilst also being very welcoming to visitors.

Watergate House is a Grade II listed Georgian property built in 1820 for Henry Potts, Cheshire Clerk of the Peace.

The renovation includes a state-of-the-art kitchen while the pub retains many original features such as intimate alcoves, original beams, posts and floors.

A menu of modern British cuisine has been created by chef Rob McDiarmid, which incorporates typical traditional classics with more contemporary cuisine, all using fresh local and homemade produce – including ice cream.

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RedCat acquires two Berkeley Inns sites

The investment vehicle founded and chaired by former Greene King boss Rooney Anand, RedCat Pub Company has bought two pubs from Berkeley Inns.

One of the pubs – the Meynell Ingram Arms in Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire was reopened by Berkeley Inns three years ago.

The pub was previously closed for over five years and has since undergone refurbishment.

The other site – the Cock Inn, Mugginton in Derbyshire – reopened in 2016 after being extended and refurbished.

RedCat announced earlier this month (July), its subsidiary The Coaching Inn Group had acquired the Forest Park Country Hotel and Inn on the outskirts of Brockenhurst, Hampshire.

During the announcement, Berkeley Inns General Manager Howard Thacker said: “We acquired The Meynell and The Cock Inn after both had been closed for five and 10 years respectively and after extensive renovations and extensions, gave them new life.

“Both are fantastic, lively pubs serving their local communities and visitors from afar. So, of course, we’re very sad to see them leave the Berkeley Inns family, but we’re confident that RedCat will do a fabulous job of continuing or surpassing their current success.

“Berkeley Inns will now seek new acquisitions in the Midlands and London area and continue to grow its business.”

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