Pub bounces back
PUBLISHED: 15:15 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 23 August 2010
A COUPLE hope to turn around the fortunes of a town centre pub which closed last year following complaints about noise and rowdiness. Barry Barton, 44, and his wife Lisa, 36, took over the lease of the Trocadero public house, in Windmill Street, Gravesen
A COUPLE hope to turn around the fortunes of a town centre pub which closed last year following complaints about noise and rowdiness.
Barry Barton, 44, and his wife Lisa, 36, took over the lease of the Trocadero public house, in Windmill Street, Gravesend, in February.
Last October, the pub closed following a series of complaints from businesses and shoppers about noise, nuisance and rowdy behaviour.
Police were called to the pub 15 times in 10 weeks but since the couple have taken over two months ago there has been no trouble. Mr Barton said: "We don't let the trouble-makers in. We have a strict door policy.
"There are bouncers working on Fridays and Saturdays and we are connected to G Safe so we know what's going on around town as well.
"The Trocadero many years ago was the pub in the town centre and I can't see why it can't be again.
"I am hoping we have proved by not having a single problem at the pub over the last two months that we are doing something right."
Last month, the Reporter revealed pubs throughout the borough are struggling to stay in business due to the smoking ban, an increase in tax on beer and the low cost of alcohol in supermarkets.
The couple have redecorated the inside of the pub and are planning to repaint the exterior later this summer.
They hope to have seating outside and are putting on nightly entertainment such as karaoke, live music and quizzes as well as showing football matches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Mr Barton said: "All of the inside has been totally redecorated and we are repainting the outside to restore it to how it used to be in the past.
"We do things differently. We are putting on entertainment five nights a week. We are turning it into a music and sport venue. I want to make it the best venue in Gravesend.