A NEW bar opening tonight will give a safe, friendly alternative to others crowded with youngsters, the owner has said.
Chatters Bar in Market Place, Kettering, formerly Sessions, which had a VIP night last night, will aim to build a sense of community in the area with special events, clubs and drinks promotions.
Owner Adam Maxted, 26, said: “We are trying to be something different that Kettering is missing.
“Not everyone wants to go out in the main strip, be surrounded by young people and be sick.
“The environment we are trying to bring in is: come and feel safe as well as have a good time.”
Mr Maxted, who began working as a barman in the Beeswing pub, Rockingham Road, four years ago, has invested more than £50,000 redecorating the bar, which closed last summer.
The front room is lighter and brighter and has new furnishings. The bar has a new coffee machine, new, more comfortable benches have been brought in and there are new light fittings.
Big events, such as the Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and major football tournaments, will be shown in the back room, which community groups such as Rotary clubs can hire out.
But football will be banned in the front room, where televisions will show photographs of regular customers and advertise promotions.
Mr Maxted said: “Not everyone wants to watch football.”
The business has created nine jobs and Mr Maxted will hire more depending on its success.
Bars Republic and Xtra in Horsemarket and Club Rehab in Montagu Street also closed last summer.
Xtra reopened as Remi’s last September and Republic reopened as an Indian restaurant this year.
And Mr Maxted is confident there is still life in Kettering’s night time economy.
He said: “The majority of bars do fail, but they seem to be the ones going for a select market.
“If you give them good service and a good price you will succeed.”