Town nightlife set for radical shake up

IPSWICH: The ever-evolving face of the town centre is set for another major change, we can reveal today.

Clubbers are preparing to say goodbye to popular nightspot, Pals, in The Buttermarket, Ipswich after it was announced the venue will close on April 29 when the current lease expires.

However, it is likely a new operator will take over – with bosses revealing a handful of firms are interested.

The news has upset loyal fans though who claim the demise of Pals will leave a gaping hole in the town’s party scene.

Confirming the closure, deputy manager Rob Foster, said: “It is true, we are closing. We are in the same position as Old Orleans, our landlord is not renewing our lease.”

Last week we revealed that Deep South-themed restaurant chain, Old Orleans, will be closing their branch in Cardinal Park, Ipswich after landlords Legal and General refused to renew their lease.

Mr Foster added: “It will greatly affect nightlife in Ipswich, I don’t think there is anywhere else in Ipswich that does the same job we do. We attract everyone from 18 to 30 year olds and play a variety of music.”

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DJ Mario Rossi, who plays in the main room on Saturday nights, has been left bemused by the announcement. He said: “It is a very successful venue, it fills out every Saturday, we have been full to capacity almost every week this year and there are always queues.

“All of those people are going to have to go somewhere until they find a new company and it is reopened.”

Management revealed there are around 50 members of staff employed at Pals including bar staff, security and kitchen workers although not all will lose their jobs as some will be relocated to other sites around the country.

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