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New bar to open in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:45 20 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

IN the heart of Ipswich in a building that stood empty for years something stylish and trendy has taken place.

Once home to the Princes Street offices where eager Royal Navy recruits would enlist it will soon become a haunt for a very different clientele.

IN the heart of Ipswich in a building that stood empty for years something stylish and trendy has taken place.

Once home to the Princes Street offices where eager Royal Navy recruits would enlist it will soon become a haunt for a very different clientele.

On Monday the building opens its doors as Curve Bar and Brasserie and it is unrecognisable from its former self.

Where once there were about 30 offices there is now a wide open bar, a conference and function area, a mezzanine, an upstairs drinking area and a chillout room.

The décor is clean and fresh with UV lights and plenty of chrome to give it a modern feel. A DJ booth in the corner is waiting to get into action while television screens in the corners and around the bar wait to be switched on.

And come Monday, with Ipswich Town's Matt Holland doing the honours, Curve will come to life with a VIP opening before it opens to the public on Thursday, September 27.

A lot of time, money and effort has gone into transforming the building into a sophisticated eating and drinking establishment but for those involved it has been worth it.

Fred Tai, spokesman for Perfect 10 which owns Ipswich's Curve and a similar bar in Colchester, said: "We acquired the building in September last year and the building work started in January.

"It was a real mess. We had to spend a fortune just doing the foundation work on it. Because there were so many different rooms before we've had to put in extra supports for the mezzanine and bar upstairs.

"We've turned it into a contemporary style bar like the kind you'd find in the West End. It will have a very laid back feel."

Curve in Colchester had been open for seven years before the decision was made to expand into Suffolk but with a prime position on the Princes Street/Civic Drive roundabout situated a short distance from most of the town's major nightclubs, those involved know it was a good move.

"Ipswich is the premiere town in Suffolk," Mr Tai said.

"After much market research we found that it needed a style bar which would attract the right clientele.

"This is an over-21s bar with a strict door policy. If you don't make an effort you won't be able to get in. We want to attract the elite of Ipswich."

And with Matt Holland as an old friend to help publicise the new bar – he features on the bar's website, he is officially opening the bar and his Wembley shirt and one of his Ireland shirts will hang behind the DJ booth – Mr Tai knows it will be launched in style.

He is not about to get complacent, however, and knows he will have to wait until the bar is opened to find out if it's something the people of Ipswich want.

He said: "We're very excited about bringing something new to the leisure area. It's totally new to Ipswich.

"However, you may think you have the world's best bar, best equipment, best fittings and best staff but until you open the doors you don't know what the general public will think."

Judging by the amount of interest shown by people walking past Curve and the thousands of hits on its website there shouldn't be anything to worry about.

N Curve opens for a VIP night on Monday before opening to the public at 11am on Thursday. It will open from 11am to 11pm Monday to Saturday with food available every day and DJs playing laid back music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It has a room available for functions, conferences and parties.

Weblink: www.curvebar.co.uk

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