Ambitious plans to revamp a town centre club as part of a £250,000 project will bring 30 new jobs.
After more than 30 years of trading, popular nightspot Rumours is to shut its doors later this month and reopen in March as an early evening and late night bar called Nyx.
The new venue will open three nights a week from Thursday to Saturday and serve food, cocktails and drinks, with plans to open longer in the summer.
Rumours director Peter Rickson said the project would give a completely different feel for the Talbot Road-based venue.
He added: “Rumours was the first fun pub in the region and was known for its scantily clad bar staff.
“It will now rebrand as a modern, trendy, early evening and late night bar, bringing a different concept.
“The new bar, named Nyx after the Greek goddess of the night, will initially open three nights each week from early evening until late, serving a range of freshly prepared food, cocktails and premium drinks.
“Further openings are planned during the summer season.”
The business currently employs 20 people but this is expected to rise to 50.
The venue is expected to open from 5pm from Thursday to Saturday, open until 4am.
The refurbishment is a major boost for the business, just a year on from fears it would close after owners put the nightspot up for sale.
But after making a decision to keep the business open, the club’s owners are now looking to invest in the venue to give it a modern look – including turning adjoining Hush nightspot into a tiki bar.
Mr Rickson added: “The tiki bar theme is a Polynesian idea – it will serve more rum-based cocktails than vodka cocktails.
“Hush will stay open throughout the refurbishment and probably close for a short period just before we reopen as nyx.
“It is an exciting time for us all.”
Rumours is holding a special closing party on Saturday night to celebrate its three decades in the town centre.