May 16th, 2011

Red Door Chester opens with VIP launch party

By Carolyn Hughes on May 16, 11 02:24 PM in Lunches

Red Door Chester opens with VIP launch party

Chester based entrepreneur Dave Hinds and business partner Tim Bacon have brought a stylish new concept to Chester. The Red Door Neighbourhood Bar has opened underneath Blossoms Hotel on St. John Street, Chester, with a VIP launch party on Friday night.

Red Door Chester opens with VIP launch party

Lee Lynch and Tim Bacon

The first Red Door opened in West Kirby in April last year with a £500,000 investment in the former funeral parlour and has proved to be an enormously popular venue in the seaside town. The pair's business relationship stretches back to the early 90's when they set up a concept called JW Johnsons in Manchester, and they eventually went on to set up the Via Vita and Life Café Chains in Liverpool and Manchester at which time they were joined by business partner Jeremy Roberts. The Liverpool Life Café outlet spearheaded a revival of upmarket bars in the city centre. Those venues were sold to Whitbread in 1999 after which Dave Hinds decided to branch out into property leaving Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts to set up Living Ventures.

Red Door Chester opens with VIP launch party

Lee Lynch and Dave Hinds

Red Door Chester opens with VIP launch party

Dave Hinds (Red Door) and Colin Bell (Caledonian Motor Group)
Dave Hinds said "Tim and I have remained very close friends over the years and we have often talked about opening another bar together. To open a site in my own city is something quite special. The concept has proved incredibly popular on the Wirral and I am sure that the upmarket feel to the venue coupled with the friendly neighbourhood atmosphere will provide a refreshing change to the social scene in Chester"

Red Door Neighbourhood Bar, Operations Director, Lee Lynch, who has worked with Tim Bacon and Dave Hinds, since 1998 and has for the first time become a partner in the Red Door business. Lee, who lives in Chester, said "This is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have spent many years learning the ropes from some of the best in the leisure industry and having a share in the concept is something I am proud to have achieved. Like Dave, opening a site in my home City is something very special indeed and I am sure the people of Chester and surrounding areas will love the RED DOOR concept as much as we do"


Red Door - Neighbourhood Bar
St. John Street
t: 01244 329871

Tags: Dave Hinds, Opening, Tim Bacon
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