Diner included in new plans for troubled bar
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A WESTON businessman has pledged to revamp a former bar into a family restaurant to give the venue a ‘fresh start’.
Paul Brown, who has managed Auto Wholesale for 20 years, has decided to take on a new project at the former Meadow Street nightspot and turn it into a family business.
Hotshotz was shut down in 2011 after licensing authorities heard it had become popular with drug dealers. An assault which left a man in a coma also took place there.
Former owners Kashira and Wendy Johal battled to reopen the watering hole, but their attempts were blocked by police after officers submitted a raft of documents which revealed the number of incidents in a 50-metre radius around the town centre bar had dropped 60 per cent since its closure.
Paul said he is well aware of the bar’s past problems but has a plan to turn its negative image around.
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He said: “Our plans include transforming it into an American diner, but this is just a provisional idea. I want to create somewhere for food and drink and make it more family orientated.
“It’s very early days at the moment but we also have plans to create a small shop or sandwich bar.”
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Paul has now bought the freehold of the property and hopes to get some family members, who have experience in the catering industry, involved in the new project.
He said: “This is a chance for my family to get involved and I think the venue has a lot of potential.
“I’m well aware of its problems in the past but I want to show people that that is not the sort of operation we will be involved in.
“We want to turn this place around and give it a fresh start.
“We are getting the project moving now and getting some positive feedback and I hope residents will look forward to this change.”