Two Yorkshire entrepreneurs are preparing to revitalise a Guiseley venue to create the first of 10 new bar and dining experiences in the region, and 30 jobs in the town.
Paul Glendinning, CEO of Guiseley-based insurance broking group JM Glendinning, and Adam Lewis, Director of Twisted Bars Ltd, have taken over the lease on the former Cellar V premises in Guiseley, and ploughed £250,000 into creating Everybodys All Day Social, a new concept designed to enhance the current food and drink offer in the town.
The pair say the new opening will create 30 local jobs, and that they are already looking for venues for the next bar. This is the first of ten similar venues they plan to open in and around Yorkshire over the next seven years.
The 3,200 sq ft Guiseley site operated successfully for a number of years as café, bar and music venue, Cellar V, before closing in 2011. Paul Glendinning believes the new venue is exactly what the town needs:
“Guiseley has been crying out for more quality bars and eateries, and our vision is to offer something for everyone. We’ll be opening for coffee and brunch in the morning, and serving food throughout the day and into the early evening.
“Sunday lunch will be a big deal for us, and we’ll be creating a tempting menu and friendly atmosphere that we hope will attract families, couples and people looking for a working lunch, as well as those heading out in the evening for drinks with friends or family.”
Paul is group CEO of family owned and run insurance and financial services group, JM Glendinning in Guiseley. He began his career in catering and, alongside forging a successful career in the family insurance business, has always had ambitions to open a bar.
He said Everybodys has been two years in the making, with lots of careful planning behind the scenes to find the right venue and spend time learning about running a bar.
Ilkley-born Adam Lewis has lived in Guiseley for ten years and has spent the last 20 years working in the hospitality industry, opening his first bar 13 years ago. He previously ran Professional Events Yorkshire Ltd, the company behind the hugely successful Tour De France Hub for Bradford Council, and he owns The Yard in Ilkley and in Malton.
Together, the duo believe they have come up with a recipe for success in Guiseley, and are looking for the right people to join the Everybodys team.
“Getting the right people in place who share our passion for high quality products, locally sourced food and commitment to delivering a fantastic customer experience is vital,” Adam said.
“We are prepared to invest heavily in the right people, and we’re currently putting the finishing touches to our very own bespoke training module. We are putting in place a team that will deliver excellent customer service, has great product knowledge on food, coffee, cocktails, craft beer and wines.
“This customer experience will be delivered in an environment that will be fun and welcoming throughout the day and into the evening.”
Work will start on the Everybodys refurbishment early in the New Year, and the venue is set to open its doors in Spring 2016. It will open daily from 9am to midnight. The refurbishment will also see 1,150 sq ft of previously unused outside space – the former Clintons store – opened up for customer use, and the creation of a function room for private hire.