New Oyston bar put up for sale at Â£75,000
Sam Oyston '“ the son of Blackpool FC chairman Karl '“ is selling his new bar and restaurant business.
Hellfire, where Pool’s promotion heroes celebrated their victory at Wembley in May, has been listed for £75,000.
Mr Oyston said the leasehold of the licensed premises is being sold ‘due to ill health’, and comes as he continues to battle a serious illness.
The 24-year-old said: “It is with deepest regret that my family and I have made the decision to put Hellfire on the market.
“Unfortunately I am now unable to dedicate as much time as is required towards the business, as my priorities have changed over the past months due to ill health.
“It will be great to see the venue, which my team and I worked so hard to set up, flourish under new ownership.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their kind words and messages of support during this difficult time.”
He tweeted a picture of himself at the eatery last Thursday alongside the words: “Team meeting @hellfire_uk sampling our new menu #Blackpool”
And the sale, through commercial estate agents Kenricks, emerged just weeks after Hellfire was targeted by a Seasiders fan angry at the way the football club is being run by Karl and his father Owen.
Mark Rushton, 26, of Riversway, Layton, was prosecuted after being caught on CCTV damaging plants and plant pots outside the Queen’s Square premises.
Last October, council bosses approved the upmarket bar – which has a capacity of 150 and created a number of jobs – but agreed with police that it should stop serving booze at 1am rather than the 2am applied for. It was argued the business’ success would rely on drinks being served until 2am because people might go elsewhere if it closed earlier.