Work is gathering apace at the site of the latest bar to join Newcastle’s exploding leisure scene.
Twenty new jobs have been created by the owners of Glass House, a luxury champagne bar that is gradually taking shape at historic Milburn House.
Hospitality entrepreneur Mark Nigrelli is investing around £250,000 in the venture, turning former office space close to the main entrance of the majestic Dean Street building.
With weeks to go until the grand opening, Mr Nigrelli has given us a glimpse at the work unfolding behind the scenes to get everything in place for the first night, as well as letting us see how it will look in an artist’s impression.
Once complete, the venue will mainly operate as a select wine and champagne bar but will also include a whiskey cellar and courtyard area, while also serving tapas and canapes to customers.
Open from 5pm to 1am Monday to Sunday, the venue also pledges to provide live, background jazz and swing music on certain nights, and Mr Nigrelli is also working with Newcastle College to help students gain hospitality experience.
He said: “Newcastle has been waiting a long time for a high end bar and has been somewhat behind other UK cities in the offerings available to local drinkers.
“Milburn House was the perfect location to choose as the history dates back to the early 1900s when business and commerce in the region was booming and locals sought out drinking establishments that offered something a bit different.
“That’s exactly what Glass House is offering; a place where business professionals and discerning drinkers can enjoy a high quality drink in good company, away from the more ‘commercialised’ venues across the city.”
The firm has yet to complete the transformation of its site inside Milburn House’s ground floor, yet plans are already under way to open further Glass House destinations elsewhere.
The bar development adds to an exciting two years for Newcastle which has seen many successful openings including The Botanist, Lola Jeans, The Bridge Tavern, Stein Bier Keller, Tiger Hornsby, Hop & Cleaver and Popolo, and Mr Nigrelli said the rejuvenation looks set to continue for some time.