Name announced for new £1million bar to replace Sunderland’s Chase

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THE ECHO can reveal that Sunderland’s newest pub will be called Port of Call.

Chase, in Park Lane, was demolished in the summer to make way for the new £1million bar after the site was bought by John and Karen Dickman, who own nearby pub Gatsby.

The name Port of Call is in keeping with the venue’s theme, which will include steel bearings, timber and images that hark back to the city’s industrial and shipping heritage.

Construction is still ongoing, but the plan is to open the bar, which will include a function room on the top floor, by Christmas.

As well as craft beers, it will specialise in rum-based cocktails.

Stephen Hunt, marketing director for Port of Call, said: “Although it looks like there’s still a lot to be done, the roof, flooring and steel structure is there. The bars have been built off-site and will be installed closer to the time.

“It’s not a theme bar as such, but John and Karen are from Sunderland, they’re proud of its heritage and that will be incorporated in the bar.”

The first two floors will have bars and dining areas for grilled meat and seafood meals which will be served late into the evening.

Features will also include a ‘secret garden’ to the rear of the ground floor, as well as outside terraces which overlook Park Lane on the two upper floors. There will also be a ground-level cafe.

Stephen added: “We’re aiming for the 25-35-year-old market. It’s a market we don’t really think is catered for in Sunderland. They’re sick of paying for taxis to Durham or Newcastle, they want to go somewhere decent in Sunderland where they can have a drink, something to eat and maybe a dance.

“The music won’t be blaring and it won’t be commercial dance. It will be soul, funk, a bit of house.”