The pub will now undergo a £258,000 joint refurbishment which will start on 19th August to transform it into its second Six Barrel Drafthouse, a craft beer and draught ale pub offering food and coffee.
The Pub People Pub Company said it plans to open a further Six Barrel Drafthouses in major towns and cities across the East Midlands over the next three years. The renamed pub will reopen in mid-September with 10 new jobs created.
The company described the new interior as “understated modern industrial”, highlighting the building’s features. Exposed brick walls, steel beams, wooden floors and industrial style lighting will be used together to create the urban look and feel.
Major changes to the outside of the Six Barrel Drafthouse will include the creation of a first-floor terrace overlooking the city. The space will have capacity for 50 and will feature festoon lighting, neon signs and planting. A new pergola at the front of the building with seating is also being added.
The pub will serve food for the first time, opening from 8am for breakfast rolls and wraps. The menu for the rest of the day and evening will include burgers, sliders and wraps.
Six Barrel Drafthouse will close at midnight in the week and at 1am on Friday and Saturday and will serve six craft beers and six cask ales on a rotational basis including an ale from the local Pentrich brewery, plus premium lagers like Amstel and Birra Moretti and extensive gin and rum ranges. Entertainment plans for Six Barrel Drafthouse include a regular open mic night, acoustic sets and pub quizzes.
Andy Crawford, operations director for The Pub People Pub Company said: “We opened Our first Six Barrel Drafthouse in Hockley in 2016 and it has proved very successful. As a result we’re keen to roll it out where the local demographics and individual pubs lend themselves to the concept. We’ve got a good working relationship with Star Pubs & Bars, who are flexible and responsive, so intend taking on more sites with them over the next few years.
“Keoghs is a prominent city centre site with two very busy bus stops nearby.
The area has benefited from significant investment from other hospitality operators over the last 24 months including Nottingham Street restaurant which the new Keoghs will complement.”
Star Pubs and Bars operations director, Alun Johnson, added: ” We’re delighted to be working with The Pub People Pub Company again. They’re great operators and one of the longest standing pub companies in the Midlands. We know from personal experience that they run a well-honed operation as they lease seven other pubs with us.
“Before taking on a new pub, they thoroughly research the immediate location and potential of the pub concerned including running these pubs on a temporary basis. I feel sure Keoghs will be another success story for them and wish them well with the planned roll out of Six Barrel Drafthouse.”