A BROTHER and sister are hoping to keep their dad’s legacy of running successful Sunderland pubs alive with their new venture.
Earlier this month, the Echo reported that Pure in Olive Street was closing down just 18 months after re-opening.
Now Michael and Claire Brogan have taken over the city centre pub and are giving it a totally new look and identity.
They are investing tens of thousands of pounds into the two-storey venue to turn it into Legacy - named in honour of their dad Davey Brogan who died eight years ago, aged 48.
A well-respected publican, Davey ran a number of successful pubs in the town including Brogan’s, Privilege, Blondies and Sinatra’s.
The siblings’ latest venture comes just weeks after their dad’s namesake pub in Crowtree Road was demolished as part of the Magistrate’s Square development.
Michael, 27, who also runs Sinatra’s in Holmeside, said: “I think things are about to change in Park Lane. The Dickmans from Gatsby’s have bought Chase and I think the area will come back to being as popular as it once was.
“We’re going to have a strict door policy here, we want people to feel safe when they come in. People have asked if it’s going to be another Brogan’s or Sinatra’s but it will have its own identity.”
Although the city centre has been plagued by pub closures in recent years, Sinatra’s has always managed to buck the trend, attracting thousands each weekend to its karaoke nights.
“I think the thing with Sinatra’s is the staff,” said Michael. “There’s nothing worse than going into a pub and being served by someone with an attitude. The staff at Sinatra’s know the customers, they’re really friendly.”
Michael is confident the new business will take off.
“I promise you now I will have the two busiest pubs in town,” he told the Echo.
The pair only got the keys to the venue this week but already work has begun in transforming it.
Downstairs will have a lounge area and raised dancefloor and will play chart music, while the upstairs will be a cocktail lounge.
Legacy is due to open with a VIP night on March 27 with an opening to the general public the following night.