New bar to open in empty Glass Spider building

Chris Joyce (left) manager and marketing manager Daniel Whale (right) outside the former Glass Spider pub, Green Terrace, Sunderland which is being renovated and is to re-open as Life of Riley.
Chris Joyce (left) manager and marketing manager Daniel Whale (right) outside the former Glass Spider pub, Green Terrace, Sunderland which is being renovated and is to re-open as Life of Riley.
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A VENUE which was once one of the busiest in Sunderland is being brought back to life.

The former Glass Spider pub and club, which has stood empty for the past year, has been taken over.

South Shields-based Moorgate Bars is due to open Life of Riley on the Green Terrace site in March, a spin-off from Life of Riley in the South Tyneside town.

The company is also behind Dusk, Viva, The Mile and The Rattler in South Shields and hopes branching into Sunderland will see the venue flourish.

Daniel Whale, marketing manager for Moorgate Bars, said: “The location is a prime spot and is a perfect opportunity for us to bring Life of Riley to Sunderland.”

Extensive renovations are taking place inside the venue.

“The aim is to create a venue where food is served every day,” said Daniel.

“Somewhere where people can listen to live acoustic acts, not unknowns from outside the area, but strong local acts.”

Glass Spider, which was owned by trouble-hit Sunderland firm Wylam Leisure, closed in January last year.

It went into administration but the administrators decided it was not financially viable to keep it open after it was hit by a catalogue of restrictions by licensing bosses.

Daniel said: “We’re trying to bring something a bit different to Sunderland.

“The building is being completely stripped. It’s not just a lick of paint, and construction is taking place with a view to opening in March.

“Life of Riley in Shields used to be Atlantic, which had been running for nine or 10 years, but we completely transformed it. We hope to do that in Sunderland too.

“It’s such an iconic bar in the city and we’ve had loads of people interested in what’s going on and asking about jobs.”

Life of Riley will be the latest bar to open in Green Terrace with Voodoo Lounge, formerly Paddy Whacks, and The Basement, formerly Diva nightclub, both opening their doors in December.

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