Leading operator Tokyo Industries has begun to unveil four new venues that are helping to transform part of Bradford city centre.
It has invested nearly £2m in a line of units in the former Royal Windsor Baths in Randall Well Street in an area called the Alhambra Quarter behind the Alhambra Theatre.
The first launch was a third outing for its Bavarian-style beer bar concept Stein Bier Keller as well as new tiki bar Tiki-O (pictured).
They will be followed by the launch of the company’s third “craft cocktail and hop house” BrewHaus on Friday (September 4) and finally a new music venue, Circle, in time for freshers’ week at the start of October.
The development has been created out of the site of Tokyo Industries’ former club, Tokyo Bradford, plus a former JD Wetherspoon pub, one of Bramwell Pub Company’s former Varsity student bars, four fast-food takeaways and some council offices above.
Tokyo Industries, which is headed by managing director Aaron Mellor, received support for the redevelopment from a large “Invest in Bradford” EU grant.
Aaron said: “In 2007, we took our Tokyo Bradford site on favourable terms. Following the recession, the ‘rent escalator’ didn’t feel quite as good. When the landlord went into administration, we purchased the freehold of pretty much the whole street, becoming the landlord ourselves of the adjacent Wetherspoons, the adjacent Varsity, four fast-food takeaways and the council offices above.”
Tokyo Industries operates over 30 bars, clubs and restaurants around the UK, including two Stein Bier Keller bars in York and Newcastle upon Tyne and two BrewHaus bars in Huddersfield and Lincoln. Last year, the company revamped its club Tokyo Lincoln into its first Circle music venue, above BrewHaus.