THE SEARCH is on to find a new landlord to take on the soon to re-open Northend Vaults.
Owners Enterprise Inns are set to pump tens of thousands of pounds into the run down building in Northgate Street, and want to get the doors open for business by April.
Work is due to start on Monday, with a full refit and self contained flat part of the development plans at the two storey property.
Businesses in the area and other city centre pubs are eager to see the once popular drinking den returned to its former glory to help increase footfall.
Enterprise Inns are now appealing for a publican to come forward to take on the project as soon as possible.
An early appointment will allow a potential new business owner to have an input into how the pub may look, once the refit begins.
Robert Dale, head of pub marketing at Enterprise Inns, said: “We will be actively recruiting for a new publican with the passion and drive to take the business forward.
“We can confirm that our contractors will be starting on the refurbishment of the Northend Vaults next week and hope to complete work by March 2014.
“Anyone interested in finding out more about this exciting pub business opportunity can contact us on 0800 953 0072.”
Across the city, another pub with a not so rosy future is the Ridge and Furrow in Abbeydale.
The long running saga to keep it open looks to be doomed, as Morrisons edge closer to bulldozing the building and replacing it with a petrol station.
PJS Development Solutions Ltd has lodged a detailed ten page report to city council planners, urging them to refuse planning permission ahead of a formal decision in January.
Former council planning advisor and PJS director, Phil Staddon, said: “The Ridge and Furrow has been a successful and thriving pub for over a quarter of a century.
“It was deliberately planned as part of the District Centre, next to the shops and other facilities, to be at the very heart of the community.
“It is bonkers to demolish such an important and valuable community facility and replace it with a petrol station. Government Planning policy is very clear – valued community pubs should be protected.”
Ward councillor, Andrew Gravells, said: “I’m really pleased that planning expert Phil Staddon is now offering some seriously good and free advice to the local pub regulars who are fighting these plans to demolish this community pub in the heart of Abbeydale.”