Oracle’s Bar and Nightclub will close on 1 February after 15 successful years, which included winning ‘UK Bar of the Year’ at the National Bar, Entertainment and Dance Awards.
The lease, along with an era, has come to an end, and nostalgia is already beginning to emerge for those who have enjoyed Oracle’s hospitality for so long, from foodies to party-goers.
Nearby residents and businesses at Brewery Wharf will see a change to a mixed-use property, housing creative office space on the first floor, with a bar and waterfront terrace below. Developers Rushbond, who are also responsible for Channel 4’s new premises, are taking charge of what is being offered as an exciting new concept.
So it seems those who have enjoyed all that Oracle has offered will still have the opportunity to enjoy the premises. Oracle made its name by pioneering a gourmet burger menu in Leeds, introducing street food operators on rotation and adding a bottomless brunch. It stands as one of the first boutique nightclubs in the UK, with VIP hospitality and bottle to table service.
Deborah De Vittoris, Co-founder of Oracle said: “Oracle may be closing its doors, but it leaves behind a legacy as a leading innovator of the leisure market in Leeds; a flagship venue that continually adapted, over its 15 years of trading, to the latest consumer trends. I’m extremely proud of everything Oracle went on to achieve, the fantastic management and staff that worked at the venue and the many customers that enjoyed everything the venue offered. It’s great to see the landlord now breathing a new lease of life into the Brewery Wharf development, as it continues to adapt and evolve for the future.”
Richard Baker, Senior Development Surveyor at landowner Rushbond said: ‘’Brewery Wharf spearheaded the renaissance of Leeds’ Waterfront and Oracle has been a popular flagship venue in the heart of the development for the past 15 years. We look forward to taking this opportunity to invest, develop and diversify the space ready to welcome new tenants to the area.’’
Planning permission has been granted and redevelopment of the site will begin in the spring, with new tenants expected to be in place for the summer of 2020.
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