Leisure firm the Cairn Group is investing £500,000 into a significant makeover for one of its Newcastle bars.
The firm has appointed specialist interior design company Bar Hound to assist in the total transformation of Bar Berlise in Jesmond, a move which will also create 20 new jobs.
The hospitality operator, which owns and runs 20 hotels and four North East bars including Jalou in the city centre, Riverbar in Washington and Spy Bar, Jesmond, plan to turn Bar Berlise into a new destination bar which will breathe new life into Osborne Road.
The project, headed up by David King at Bar Hound, follows its earlier renovation of the Cairn Hotel and Sohe restaurant and will see Bar Berlise become 97 & Social.
He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to design the new look 97 & Social on behalf of such a key leisure operator as the Cairn Group.
“The group has set high standards across its bars, restaurants and hotels and this project is no exception.
“The new interior will be a combination of the very best quality in leisure environments, featuring references to some of the most interesting and eclectic interiors from across the world, to provide guests with laid-back comfort in chic surroundings.
“Typically it will have elements of glamour coupled with rustic charm, complementing the original architecture of the building in which it sits.”
This latest announcement by the Cairn Group represents a total spend of £2m in the redevelopment of this particular Jesmond site.
A spokesman for the Cairn Group added: “The group is committed to creating venues that raise the bar in sleeping, eating and dining experiences; renovating 97 & Social is the latest phase in the upgrade of the building.
“We chose to work with David because of the great reputation he and his team have for creating innovative interiors and, whilst we had ideas of how we wanted the venue to look, his help in bringing those ideas to reality will be invaluable.
“Transforming 97 & Social will make the space more useable for both day and evening trading to provide a premium offering on Osborne Road, a key location within Jesmond.”
Work on the new look venue is expected to complete within the next two weeks.