The misplaced Excessive Road bar noticed a couple of adjustments and facelifts through the years however it began virtually 15 years in the past
It is a distant reminiscence now however, in a couple of months’ time, it will be 15 years since Scunthorpe welcomed Barracuda bar to the city centre.
On December 13, 2007, the £900,000 growth on the former QLM retailer, on the Excessive Road, was the second new bar to hit the city in as many weeks following the arrival of Bar Matrix on Doncaster Street. Creating round 25 new jobs, the South African-themed venue opened with a particular VIP evening with friends entitled to free drinks for a few hours.
Afterwards, bar supervisor Paul Rafferty mentioned: “The opening evening was incredible – we’ve had some very optimistic suggestions from clients and so they all appear happy to have a brand new top quality venue within the city. We’ve additionally acquired plasmas and an enormous display screen for sport, so I believe it’s going to supply one thing for everybody.
“We’re serving food and drinks all day, so it is going to be the right location to pop in for a espresso or lunch in addition to being an excellent place for socialising on the weekend.”
A part of the Barracuda Group, the pub was the chain’s twenty fourth within the UK and preliminary critiques have been optimistic. Steve Atkinson, of Bottesford, mentioned: “It’s actually good and fairly authentic truly. There’s probably not the rest prefer it on this a part of city.
“I anticipated it to be extra of an eatery, however there’s a dance flooring and all the things. I’m actually impressed.”
In the meantime, Sharon Ledgard, of Scunthorpe, mentioned: “We’ve been properly taken care of. The workers are actually useful and pleasant, and there’s a good environment. It’s snug and relaxed.”
Although the opening evening on the Thursday went easily, the venue’s first weekend was marred by incidents requiring involvement from the police, after which the bar promised to take steps to extend safety.
After round three years, Barracuda closed to endure an £85,000 revamp, reopening in January 2011 as Abacus, which promised a “extra balanced enterprise” for patrons, with the transformation taking the venue in a lighter and extra family-friendly path. That wasn’t the top of the adjustments, nevertheless, and in December 2013, it was confirmed the lease for the venue had been purchased by new homeowners.
In October 2016, it was reported there have been plans to transform the premises right into a nightclub, with an absence of footfall resulting in the venue closing on Sundays. The next Could, it was introduced the bar can be relaunched with a brand new operator as Rift & Co. Nevertheless, it did not final lengthy, closing in late 2018, leaving the premises vacant.
See images from the times simply earlier than – and after – Barracuda first opened in 2007 beneath …
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