Problems bar none for start-up

A WOMAN has found her dreams of setting up a bar on the site of a former Denton bank ruined.But Amy Howard is not letting problems end her hopes – she and husband Jack will be opening up at a different location.

The pair had invested plenty of cash in making sure Howard’s Neighbourhood Bar was on its way to occupy the empty building at Crown Point.

However, issues she describes as ‘out of our control’ meant they have had to look elsewhere.

But she has vowed their premises will be open at an alternative location along Manchester Road, with a lot of the work they had already had commissioned and done being included.

“We did everything we could but other decisions meant we couldn’t go in the bank building,” said the 28-year-old, who was leasing the former bank.

“It’s not a planning thing, which everyone assumed it was but everything had gone through fine.

“We’ve got another building, though. To be honest, we kind of saw these problems coming a couple of weeks before, so we started looking at other locations.

“We found one further down the road – you can actually see it from the bank – and a planning application has gone in, with a licensing application to come shortly.“But we’re absolutely gutted. We spent a lot of money and arranged a lot of things to get the finer details right for the bar.

“We’d commissioned one artist to draw the building but with our logo on it.

“That won’t be wasted, though. It’s going to go in the new premises as it is part of the journey we would have been on to get there.”

Obstacles aside, Amy still hopes to get the bar open either in the last week of November or the first week of December.

She and Jack, who live just over the border in Audenshaw, may be opening their first bar but they have experience of managing venues before.Now the panic is over, she can focus on making sure Howard’s Neighbourhood Bar can add to the community.

It will also house a gin distillery in the basement as Amy is behind the Tameside Gin project.

She added: “What’s happened has been a shame but the only difference will be the ceilings won’t be as high as they would’ve been at the old bank.

“I’m Denton born and bred. I went to Russell Scott Primary School and what was Egerton Park High School, so it would be good to set something up in the town.”

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