A CHESTER nightclub has turned back time by reverting to its original name following a £500,000 revamp.
Rosies in Northgate Street makes its official return tomorrow after the club failed to persuade clubbers to adopt the shortened form of ‘RB’s’ taken from the full name of Rosie O’Brien’s.
Manager Dave Cooper said: “Everybody in Chester refers to the club as Rosies.
“We had a campaign on Facebook and more than 1,100 people chose the name Rosies and less than 100 wanted RB’s.
“I took it to the board, along with everything else I know about Chester, and they agreed to the name change.”
The refurbishment by Stonegate Pub Company, who bought Rosies from Mitchell and Butler, has focused on the middle floor because the bottom and top storeys were revamped two years ago.
Among the main features is a ‘karaoke pod’ bookable by a group of friends in advance or on the night. It is a private booth where those who feel self-conscious singing in front of strangers can ‘sing their hearts out’ to their favourite tunes.
Behind the stage there is a massive LCD video wall, equivalent in quality to a high definition TV, which will feature animated graphics. On special nights, ‘video jocks’ will mix video images synched with the music.
The refurbishment also includes a new long bar and a new UV show bar where bar staff will exhibit the art of bottle-juggling, known as flaring, lit by ultra violet light. There will be new seating areas and booths and new VIP area in the smaller room with table service.
Manager Dave added: “This year we were acquired by a new company who have invested a serious amount in the nighttime economy. It is their biggest site out of 550 units and this is their biggest investment with more to follow next year.”