Music and passion at the Copacabana

Samantha Marsh with Dominic Herdman (right) and Peter Schofield at Copacabana, Clifton Street, Blackpool.

Samantha Marsh with Dominic Herdman (right) and Peter Schofield at Copacabana, Clifton Street, Blackpool.

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TWO of Blackpool’s most experienced bar and club operators are teaming their talents in a major new venture.

Peter Schofield and Dominic Herdsman, each with more than 30 years experience of Blackpool town centre, have been recruited by fledgling Hertfordshire-based West End Leisure, to re-invent the former Kartels (previously Schofields) on Clifton Street.

They are converting the 750-capacity ground floor venue into an intimate and comfortable Copacabana – aimed at the discerning over 25s market.

With vertical drinking frowned on by the authorities because of its association with violence and customer dissatisfaction plus fewer customers on the high street they are looking to redefine a night out.

“We have to give our guests no reason to leave, and any number of reasons to stay or return,” says Dominic.

“Greater customer satisfaction and repeat business will lead to higher spends per head overall and reduce the cost of finding new customers.”

Avoiding young drinkers and overcrowding, Copacabana will have significant seating, restaurant-style service, and entertainment to match.

“Copacabana will pay homage to some of the great clubs of the 50s and 60s,” said Peter. “It will be a venue with atmosphere at a fraction of the old capacity, with significant amounts of fixed seating and comfortable furniture.

Décor will have an emphasis on warmth and intimate sophistication, which underlines our commitment to customer service.” The preview weekend will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 29 to 31, the week before Easter and will be by invitation by contacting guestlist@25bars.com or the information hotline (01253) 751641.

More details in the coming weeks.