The Quayside’s newest nightclub opens its doors for the first time next week - and we have been given the first look inside.
Julie’s was once a firm fixture on Newcastle’s famous party scene, so when Rachael Frame learned the derelict club’s lease was up for grabs she set about putting her dream of running her own venue into action.
Rachael, 35, from Ponteland in Northumberland, finally sees her vision come to fruition next Thursday, September 4, when the venue – now called Tiger Hornsby – officially opens to the public.
The bar, which will be staffed by up to 20 people, was originally set to open last week but those plans were postponed so Rachael could ensure everything is properly in its place.
She said: “I’m very excited now. I was disappointed to put back the opening date but it’s been a blessing in disguise because it’s given me time to be fully prepared.”
Having spent her career working in events management and marketing, Rachael returned to her native North East to oversee the building renovations, which have taken a swift seven weeks to carry out.
And she’s delighted to have secured a plum spot on Newcastle’s Quayside which is currently going through a renaissance period.
Popolo’s, formerly on Pilgrim Street, is set to neighbour Tiger Hornsby, and Ladhar Leisure have already opened Hop & Cleaver on the site of former pub Offshore 44.
Rachael has done all the interior decor herself, which has been inspired by the Grade-II listed building’s late Georgian and early Victorian heritage.
She said: “I was actually working as an alcohol rep five years ago, just as the Quayside circuit was dying a death. Unfortunately for Julie’s, it was a bad time despite it being a great place for a night out, so it has remained closed for three-and-a-half years.
“When I saw it was up for sale I could see the Quayside was on the cusp of regeneration. Every city has trends and circuits and Collingwood Street has been a popular circuit for some time now so people are looking for something different.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be opening here, and it’s been a long time coming – in the planning since last November and put into action since June, and we’ve done the fit-out in seven weeks which is immense. I really hope it’s going to be a fresh and different, which is exactly what people want from the Quayside.”