Sunderland’s landmark Pullman Lodge could reopen within weeks

Seamus Whelan and his company Rosalind Leisure are taking over the Pullman Lodge.
Seamus Whelan and his company Rosalind Leisure are taking over the Pullman Lodge.
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THE Pullman Lodge could be back on the right track by the end of the month.

The Echo revealed in August the seafront venue – which has been closed since the collapse of Wylam Leisure two years ago – had been taken over by Rosalind Leisure, a consortium of three local businessmen fronted by Seamus Whelan, who formerly ran Paddy Whacks Irish Bar in Green Terrace.

Now the new business has applied to Sunderland City Council for an alcohol licence for the landmark venue.

It is also seeking permission to put on plays, films, sporting events, plus boxing and wrestling, live and recorded music and host dance performances.

Seamus said it was hoped the venue could be back in business within weeks.

“We are looking at being open in the first week of December or even the end of November,” he said.

It could be a little while before the Pullman Lodge’s iconic railway car restaurant is back in action, however. “It is a three-phase programme.

“The bar and hotel rooms in December, the function suite in spring and the restaurant in the summer,” he added.

“The back of the hotel already looks great.

“The accommodation block has been redecorated and we have converted the L-shaped function room into its own bar, which will be called Platform Five.

“The amount of goodwill we’ve had, with people popping in to say how good it is to see something happening, has been very encouraging.”