Time is right for city bar to be rejuvenated
A bar is to get a £100,000 revamp inspired by its former use.
Time Bar, next to the railway station in London Road, Leicester, is set to become The Parcel Yard.
The building, which has been Time Bar for 14 years, used to be the Red Star parcel yard, a sorting office for mail which arrived by train.
Owner Billy Allingham said the venue would be transformed with a "country pub" revamp, similar to other pubs in the Steamin Billy Group, of which it is part.
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"It is going to be completely different," he said.
"I don't want to give too much away but it's going to have a more traditional feel, in keeping with our other pubs, which have a more country feel to them."
Work has started. He hoped the pub would be ready in late February or early March.
Mr Allingham said a major part of the revamp would involve moving the kitchen from near the entrance to the back of the building, opening up the front of the pub.
The pub will have a greater emphasis on food, serving hot meals from 9am until 9pm.
"I think Time Bar has always been a bit of a Tardis and hopefully this will open it all up," he said.
"More skylights are going in, too, and we're changing the stairs.
"There are going to be leather wing backs and the booths will be remaining because they are so popular, but they will be reupholstered."
There will also be an arrivals and departures board.
"We are jumping on the back of the transformation at the railway station," he said.
The venue has applied to Leicester City Council to vary its premises licence, asking for permission to open and serve food from 9am until 2am every day and to serve alcohol from 11am.
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