Friday, August 30, 2013

News: Prime pub acquired for new steakhouse

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Enterprising Jason Mace, managing director of Manvers marquee and gazebo company Gala Tent, has acquired the former Double Barrel public house in Thurcroft, Rotherham, with exciting plans to turn it into a steakhouse.

The property recently went to auction with a guide price of £150,000 and was sold shortly after. Mace plans to invest around £80,000 in carrying out the refurbishment of the 3,500 sq ft pub, with new furnishings, a brand new kitchen, new electrics, new windows, flooring, toilet facilities, re-plastering and decorating, with the steakhouse due to open towards the end of October.

The new home for the Cross Keys Steakhouse and Grill in Hoyland, expects to create 12 new jobs.

Jason Mace, owner of the Double Barrel steakhouse, said: "It's a real shame to see a pub in a great location like this standing empty. We've carried out a lot of research locally and there's lots of demand for a function suite and steakhouse in this area as it's within ten minutes of Hellaby, Dinnington and Wickersley and really close to the M18 and M1 motorways. We'll be creating a number of new jobs and investing a significant sum to make this the best steakhouse in the region."

The new project follows on from the successful turnaround of the Park View Sports Bar & Restaurant in Swinton, which Jason helped to transform into a dining and function venue, and a hub for local sports teams, after it closed down. Jason recently finalised a five year lease with a new proprietor, Michelle Barber-Carr to take over the management of the Swinton venue.

Jason added: "We've a tried and tested plan that has worked so well for the Park View pub and we'll be using this winning formula for the new steakhouse. This includes a complete refurb, an exciting menu and its own website, social media and marketing support. I'm hoping this will be the first of many steakhouses we'll be opening in South Yorkshire."

Jason's first business, Gala Tent is one of the UK's leading designers and manufacturers of marquees and gazebos. It has grown from a table top operation in Grimethorpe to a company with a turnover of around £7m in just over a decade.

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Gala tent website

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