Stonegate to open third of new generation of Missoula bars


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Stonegate Pub Company is preparing to launch the third in its new generation of Missoula bars with the conversion of The Living Room in Nottingham.

Due to open to the public on September 19, the site in the Lace Market will offer craft ales, whiskeys, wines and USDA-grade steaks in an interior inspired by the north-western US state of Montana.

Stonegate is investing £310,000 in the new Missoula – Montana Bar & Grill after unveiling an updated look for the concept in Milton Keynes at the end of last year followed in February by a second in York (pictured).

It also operates another 11 sites around the country under the original Missoula bar concept which, formerly known as Dakota, was bought from Mitchells & Butlers four years ago.

Along with a renewed emphasis on service, the revamp – developed with interiors specialist Fusion By Design – aims to capture the hospitality and flavours that Montana is known for.

The latest conversion leaves the company with six bars still trading as The Living Room after buying 13 sites operating as The Living Room from Premium Bars & Restaurants in August last year.

The new bar in Nottingham will be headed by manager James Aspell, who brings with him several years of experience within the hospitality sector. “We are the third site following York and Milton Keynes and believe that we will become a firm favourite with the citizens of Nottingham,” he said.

The bar will stock six world beers including Shipyard American pale ale and Anchor Steam from the US, while a 30-strong cocktail list will have a mixture of classic and signature drinks.

A range of six shakes – available as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions – are available including the Salted Caramel Shake and Cupcake Shake.

Customers will be able to enjoy a range of food from breakfast and lunch to evening. Breakfast favourites include the American-style waffle with fried eggs and crispy bacon and the fresh fruit waffle with apple, strawberry, mandarin and blueberry. Scramblers is American-style scrambled eggs, with a range of ingredients including sausage and bacon and ham and cheese.

As well as the USDA steaks, other dishes include hanging skewers, pretzel-crumbed sea trout and chicken madeira as well as soups and salads. A specials menu will offer the latest in seasonal produce such as salmon with lemon and fennel sauce and Canyon Creek chicken in September.

The venue will open at 8am Monday to Friday and at 10am on weekends, trading to midnight on Mondays and Tuesdays, 1am on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and 12.30am on Sundays.

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