Elton John World News: A Cherished Hot Spot is Revamped

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Thursday 12 November 2009 @ 16:21 - GMT

A legendary city centre nightspot is to reopen after a £35,000 facelift, the Sentinel has announced.

Hanley couple Chris and Solaya Rowley bought the former Rosie O'Brien's Pumphouse, in Bryan Street, in September and will open the upmarket Voodoo Lounge in its place on November 28.

Rosie O'Brien's was originally part of The Place, the biggest nightspot in Stoke-on-Trent for several generations.

In its heyday, The Place hosted luminaries such as Elton and Led Zeppelin and the new owners are hoping to use the building's iconic status to "shake up" Hanley's nightlife with classy live performances.


Chris, whose background is in club security management, noted that the building has a lot of history and that people came ''from all around for a night here.''

His wife said, "This will be a place with class. There will be a strict dress code, only smart. No trainers or Rockports."

The building has been partly vacant for about a year after Coco's, which replaced Rosie O'Brien's, went out of  business.

The Place permanently closed in late 2005 after several re-launches failed. But The Place's section of the building has since been opened as a strip club and another part is earmarked to open as a comedy club next year.

If Stoke-on-Trent City Council approves the venue's licence application, the Voodoo Lounge will open for live events on Thursdays, with club nights on Fridays and Saturdays. It will also serve food during the day.

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