THE owner of a new bar is hoping to spark a renaissance in a stretch of Sunderland city centre pubs and clubs.
In the past couple of years, Green Terrace has been plagued by bar closures, with Glass Spider and Liquid/Diva shutting up shop.
But city businessman Anthony Robson has rescued £1million bar Paddy Whacks, after it had been in administration for a year.
Gone is the pub’s Irish theme and name.
It’s now called Voodoo Lounge and has a more up-to-date theme, which Anthony hopes will attract more drinkers to that part of town.
Anthony, who will run the bar through his company Coastal Leisure, said: “I want to put this part of Sunderland back on the map, the way it used to be.
“The full street seems to have died.
“You have Revolution and Lola’s in the city centre which are great bars but we want to be a place people come to as well. We want to get the town back to the way it was.
“We have restaurants, a bowling alley, a cinema – we just need pubs to work together.”
The bar will have two floors catering for different ages and musical tastes, with DJs including Chris Bungoni and Marc Rowell from events company Fierce Angel playing house, dance and chart tracks between them.
Anthony said: “A lot of people from Sunderland go out in Newcastle now.
“I’m not trying to compete with Newcastle but people from Sunderland should be able to come out here too and go somewhere that caters for a sophisticated crowd.
“I don’t think Sunderland should be left out. We had the crowds once, we can do it again.”
Voodoo Lounge will open tonight, from 6.30pm until 2.30am.