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Nightclub at Burton historic site now up for grabs

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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BUDDING entrepreneurs are being offered the chance to try to make part of an historic Burton landmark a success.

Commercial property specialist Rushton Hickman has revealed that a second floor nightclub based at the former Robins Cinema, in Guild Street, is now up for let.

Part of the Grade II listed building was recently reopened in a blaze of publicity as The Ritz – an around-the-world dining experience – after years of stalled developments.

A first floor function suite is also up for grabs, both with entrances via the ground floor.

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Details of how much the venture may cost are being kept under wraps.

The larger function room at the rear of the site is allowed to remain open until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays after a deal was struck between the building's owners and Staffordshire Police.

Issues had been raised over the threat of potential disorder at the site, resulting in police chiefs asking for certain conditions to be put into place.

Jennifer Mellor, licensing officer at Staffordshire Police, said: "The original application was for the venue to remain open until 3am so we made inroads."

This saw the opening of the restaurant thrown into doubt.

However, the much longed for opening of part of the site in June ended a long chapter following the closure of the former Robins cinema 14 years ago.

The building originally started life as St George's Hall in 1867, becoming Burton Opera House before a cinema. It closed in 1999.

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