Thursday, June 6, 2019

News: New sports bar planned in Rotherham


A unit in one of the borough's most iconic buildings could be converted into a sports bar under new plans submitted to Rotherham Council.

Currently vacant, and most recently in use as the Whistle Stop Sweet Shop, Sheffield-based startup, Sports Box Bars Ltd, wants planning permission to convert a 1,400 sq ft unit in the Imperial Buildings in Rotherham town centre into a drinking establishment.

The restored Victorian, Grade II listed, Imperial Building was sold in a multimillion pound deal at the start of 2019.

It includes period glass shop frontages and internal galleries that complement the conservation area setting next to Rotherham Minster. 19 residential apartments were created on the upper floors.

The plans are from local events organisers and promoters, Brett Slater and Dean Edwards, and show how a new bar with tables and seating can be accommodated in Unit 1. A new disabled toilet on the ground floor is in the plans along with new toilets in the building's basement.


The newly formed company will also need to secure listed building consent in order to make small alterations to the signage and carry out plans to use part of Church Street for outside seating. Internal TV screens will also face outwards joined by new external speakers, although external sound would cease at 11pm.

A premises licence has been applied for to provide opening hours of 10am to 2am. It highlights that, as well as music, the venue would be able to host indoor sporting events and boxing or wrestling entertainment.

If the plans are approved, the micro sports bar is set to open in August.

Further along the High Street, work is taking place to return one of Rotherham's oldest buildings into the Three Cranes Inn. Also set to open this summer, the plan is to create a traditional English pub with a core range of lagers, beers and ciders as well as craft ales and beers.

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Mr me June 6, 2019 at 11:44 AM  

Thumbs up from me, Rotherham needs new quality barsπŸ‘πŸ‘

Mr White,  June 7, 2019 at 8:23 AM  

Hmmm, not sure about this plenty of other units available that aren't listed, would not want the appearance of this building spoilt. Just look at the state of other buildings on Westgate which were converted to bars and now abandoned, why not use one of those?

Anonymous,  June 7, 2019 at 11:50 AM  

Too many pubs in Rotherham as it is

Anonymous,  June 7, 2019 at 12:10 PM  

No where near enough pubs for a thriving nightlife no where near as many as in previous times, how old are you 90!

Mr me June 7, 2019 at 12:12 PM  

If this fine building was in likes of Leeds or York or Doncaster it would almost certainly already be converted into quality bars resteraunts.Retail is dead and won't return what other use for empty shops??

Unknown June 7, 2019 at 12:45 PM  

Too big maybe, rent too high maybe, not what they were looking for maybe?

Anonymous,  June 7, 2019 at 4:13 PM  

I wish this new venture the best of luck, Rotherham used to have a thriving night time economy that provided many people with jobs.... maybe one day it could be decent again! Then again some folk would prefer people to spend their money elsewhere!

Anonymous,  June 7, 2019 at 4:43 PM  

Well with a larger student population and people living in the town centre, and together with the forge island development with cinema, bar, restaurants, then maybe things are looking up for Rotherham Town centre from a night out point of view.A new larger theatre to pull in bigger names would be good, and a small casino good too, I have to go Sheffield at minute for a few spins, surprising how many towns even smaller than Rotherham have a casino, time Rotherham moved into 21st century πŸ‘

Anonymous,  June 7, 2019 at 5:37 PM  

Retail is changing, leisure is maybe the best way to bring some life back to the town. Not sure we have enough high end drinking establishments. Now we need some more restaurants.

Unknown June 7, 2019 at 8:16 PM  

This is obviously a joke comment, there used to be 22 pubs etc in town and it was a fantastic thriving place to go for a night out, a far cry from the amount and quality we have now

RichGods June 7, 2019 at 10:21 PM  

Fabulous News....Ignore any negatives. Rotherham needs as many things like this as possible to help it thrive.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2019 at 11:11 PM  

Need more bars for the eastern european mafia.Righto !!!!

Mr me June 8, 2019 at 11:25 AM  

Rich gods,spot on, too many negatives, don't k ow how old they are, as Rotherham had a booming nightlife when I was young in 70s 80s,bring it on never too old t partyπŸŽ‰πŸ˜πŸ˜

Anonymous,  June 10, 2019 at 11:41 AM  

Good Luck B!

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