A WELL-loved Wearside pub and restaurant gets back on track tonight.
The Pullman Lodge, on Seaburn seafront, has been closed since it was bought by the city council after the collapse of Wylam Leisure two years ago.
Now it is reopening after being taken over by a consortium of three local businessmen, who have taken on an 18-month lease.
The new Platform 5 bar will launch with an invitation-only VIP event this evening before opening to the public tomorrow.
Operator Rosalind Leisure is fronted by Séamus Whelan, best known as the former boss of Paddy Whacks Irish Bar in Green Terrace, who has been overwhelmed by the public support the reopening has already received.
“People have so many memories of the Pullman Lodge,” he said. “It has been here almost 30 years.
“We have had people popping in just to see how the work is progressing and wish us well. People are really looking forward to having something like this on the seafront.”
The consortium is renovating the Pullman in stages and customers will be able to see the plan for themselves. “We are carrying out the work as a phased process and we will have a sign board that will show people where we are,” said Séamus. “What we are hoping is that people see what we are trying to do.”
The bar will start offering food from Sunday, but there will be samples available to customers tomorrow and Saturday.
“We are looking at doing real bar food,” said Séamus.
“We’ve got a good chef and we will start the food service with Sunday lunch.”