Huddersfield is getting a taste of the USA.
Fifteen jobs are being created with the opening of an American-style sports bar in the town centre.
Cuebar Huddersfield, which occupies the ground floor of the former Johnny’s nightclub at Beast Market, kicks off tomorrow with a two-hour VIP launch event before admission to the public from 7pm onwards.
The venue is billed as a first for Huddersfield – featuring seven 50-inch TV screens showing US sports such as baseball and gridiron as well as home-grown football and rugby.
There will also be seven pool tables and a diner serving American-style food, including burgers and fries.
The former wine bar alongside has been refurbished to provide a separate bar, called Black Dog, selling spirits and premium drinks. Black Dog will have its own street entrance, but inside customers will be able to move between the two bars.
Workmen were tonight putting the finishing touches to an eight-week fit-out – including installing fridges and stocking the bars.
The VIP launch will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Friday. The opening weekend will continue with Cuebar open from noon to 5am on Saturday and noon to 2am on Sunday.
Assistant manager Matt Pearson said the location was ideal for the new venture, which is being led by Lepton-based businessman Kenneth Anderson.
“We are surrounded by brand new student accommodation,” he said.
“But we don’t see it just as a student bar. We see people coming here during their lunch break to relax with a sandwich and a game of pool.”
Johnny’s – owned by brothers Johnny and Joe Marsden – was a Huddersfield institution for more than 30 years.
Take a look below to see some images from down the years at the iconic night spot.
The Beast Market operation grew to include the nightclub, the The Boy & Barrel pub, a restaurant, a brasserie and a hotel before the Marsdens sold it up in 2003 to run the still thriving Central Lodge across the road.