CLUBBERS loved Klute when it had that “rundown” feel.
So when bosses of the Durham City nightspot announced plans to do it up, many were in uproar.
More than 1,500 regulars including many students, backed a campaign to leave it untouched – because it was “dingy” and they liked its “cheesy music”.
But the refurbishment has been labelled a success, after the revamped club reopened to punters.
Despite uproar on Facebook and Twitter, and threats of never returning, queues formed outside the Elvet Riverside venue.
Comments posted online after the relaunch commended owners for the change, including the installation of working toilets, and remarked how it was packed the club was.
The £40,000 refurbishment also included redesigned logo and signage to modernise Klute’s image, new lighting, an improved sound system, plasma televisions and better access.
All three floors of the club, which also welcomes non-students, have been opened up to revellers while its regular nights have also under gone a rethink, to include a nostalgic night and burlesque dancing.
The project has been overseen by new manager Andrew Golding, who was handed the running of Klute because of his success with its sister venue The Boathouse.
He said: “Klute has a great heritage and is much loved, particularly amongst our student population.
“We’ve been sensitive to this, so have kept up the old tradition and identity, but freshened, cleaned and updated the place whilst bringing in some new elements.
“Klute now offers far better value for money and an enhanced experience.”
In addition to the updated interior, the club’s outdoor area has been overhauled with a new sheltered smoking area and decking, offering views of the River Wear.
Andrew added: “Like all businesses, it’s important to keep fresh and evolve to stay competitive.
“We thought long and hard how to combine what was good about the old Klute, whilst mixing in some new common sense ideas.”
The club’s management said it wants to clarify that the bar is still owned by the Orchid Group, which bought out Klute’s former owner Ultimate Leisure, and also runs Chase in Sunderland.