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New cafe bar to open at former Ipswich nightclub

PUBLISHED: 11:30 18 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:30 18 August 2019

34 Tacket Street, Ipswich part of the former First Floor Club/Fire & Ice building, which is re-opening as The Bloom Lounge offering brunch, coffee, cake and cocktails. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

34 Tacket Street, Ipswich part of the former First Floor Club/Fire & Ice building, which is re-opening as The Bloom Lounge offering brunch, coffee, cake and cocktails. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

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A new cafe bar is on the way for Ipswich town centre, taking up residence in part of the former Fire & Ice nightclub.

The opening of the former First Floor Club nightclub in Tacket Street after its conversion as The Charlotte House apartments in 2017. 
Ken Bean, owner of the First Floor Club in its heyday, with Charlotte and Joe Fogel and Levi Draycott. Picture: DAVID VINCENTThe opening of the former First Floor Club nightclub in Tacket Street after its conversion as The Charlotte House apartments in 2017. Ken Bean, owner of the First Floor Club in its heyday, with Charlotte and Joe Fogel and Levi Draycott. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

The landmark Victorian building in Tacket Street which was once home to the First Floor Club and later Fire & Ice, has been transformed to create a modern development offering housing and retail opportunities.

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The upper floors have been converted into town centre apartment homes by developer Joe Fogel and is now known as Charlotte House.

Radio One DJ Kenny Everett was at the First Floor Club in June 1969. Kenny moved to the BBC from pirate Radio London, off the Essex coast, in 1967. He went on to be a star on television with shows like The Kenny Everett Video Show. Picture:  IAN MCGRATHRadio One DJ Kenny Everett was at the First Floor Club in June 1969. Kenny moved to the BBC from pirate Radio London, off the Essex coast, in 1967. He went on to be a star on television with shows like The Kenny Everett Video Show. Picture: IAN MCGRATH

Meanwhile, there are three retail/commercial units on the ground floor which have been modernised and prepared ready for new tenants to move in.

And one is being converted into a new cafe bar, to be known as The Bloom Lounge.

On its Facebook page, the Bloom Lounge is promising brunch, coffee, cakes, juices and cocktails.

Property developer Joe Fogel said: "It is really good to see all the commercial units let and being brought into use by local businesses and start-ups."

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