Published: 00:02, 01 May 2014 |
Work was being carried out inside the former Bar One pub in Sheerness High Street this week.
We can now reveal that it was purchased by Essex-based company Spic and Span which has plans to convert it into a new nightspot.
The firm is owned by entrepreneur Jason Djemal, of Waltham Abbey, who says he is ready to go ahead with his plans to bring the site back into use after he bought it for £255,000.
He is aiming to have the new business up and running as early as the end of the year although he said there is a huge task ahead as everything inside needs to be stripped out and refurbished.
A restaurant on the second floor will be called Turkelicious, serving grilled Turkish cuisine, while the nightclub downstairs would keep the name Bar One with flats on the third floor.
Mr Djemal said: “I’m excited about it. Hopefully it goes well and it picks up because there’s nothing really like that in that area.
“If it works out it works but if it doesn’t, it’s quite a cheap project for me.”
The prominent town centre building’s previous owner Ozer Osturk paid £230,000 for the premises at an auction in 2011.
He was granted planning permission by Swale council to turn it into seven one-bedroom flats and the ground floor into a restaurant.
The businessman was hoping to persuade chains such as Nando’s and KFC to move in.
But his efforts to attract any big names to the site proved unsuccessful and put it up for auction the following year.
Bar One was run by owners Keith and Sharon Willett for four years before it closed in April 2009. The couple reopened it for a few months the following year before the doors shut for good in August 2010.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating!
PLUS, register for free!.
Read our pick of the best holiday destinations. Whether its a weekend break, or something a little bit longer, we have reviewed a wide range of holidays.