New Billericay bar promises meals and music

New look – Ian Reading, Andy Wagstaff and Pete Ferrant inside the bar

New look – Ian Reading, Andy Wagstaff and Pete Ferrant inside the bar

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THIS is the new look which will greet customers using a new upmarket bar and restaurant in Billericay when it opens next month.

Bar Zero, is due to open on April 11 in the Western Road premises previously occupied by the equally swish Vetro champagne bar, which closed last year after trading for only a few months.

New owner Ian Reading, who has worked for 35 years in the music and nightclub business, snapped up the business for a bargain price earlier this year.

Vetro was put on the market for £150,000, after suddenly closing, less than a year after the previous owner had spent £550,000 on refurbishments.

Mr Reading would not reveal how much he had spent revamping the venue, but said he was confident he could make a go of it.

He previously owned Mr B’s, in Southend and was a DJ and entertainment director at Southend’s ToTs nightclub and a DJ at the town’s Zero 6 club.

Bar Zero is opening as an adjunct to his online radio business zeroradio.co.uk Mr Reading said: “It’s a beautiful bar. It’s a dream come true for me to own somewhere like this.

“I have got 35 years experience in the music industry, so I will be bringing that to Bar Zero. We’ve got a real mix of things planned.

“We didn't need to make too many changes to the place, but I know people will think ‘wow!’ when they walk in.”

Bar Zero will open during the day as a family-friendly restaurant and cafe, serving breakfast, coffee, sandwiches and full three-course meals, including traditional Sunday roasts.

In the evenings, it will be a strictly over-25s’ venue for live music and DJs– with local and international live acts playing on Thursday evenings.

Nineties soul singer Kenny Thomas and Georgie B, from Eighties band Second Image are signed up to perform in the first month.

Fridays will be soul night, with club music on Saturdays.

The bar has a VIP room, and the whole venue will be available for hire on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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4:07pm Wed 26 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Sounds great, just a Shame its not nearer to home where it all started, hope the billericay-ites appreciate it.
Sounds great, just a Shame its not nearer to home where it all started, hope the billericay-ites appreciate it. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

5:05pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Sounds great, just a Shame its not nearer to home where it all started, hope the billericay-ites appreciate it.
To true! Shame he didn't buy The Grand
Good luck Ian with your latest venture
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Sounds great, just a Shame its not nearer to home where it all started, hope the billericay-ites appreciate it.[/p][/quote]To true! Shame he didn't buy The Grand Good luck Ian with your latest venture Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Wed 26 Mar 14

ccd says...

The late 80's called, they want their decor back.
The late 80's called, they want their decor back. ccd
  • Score: 6

7:04pm Wed 26 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Sounds great, just a Shame its not nearer to home where it all started, hope the billericay-ites appreciate it.
To true! Shame he didn't buy The Grand
Good luck Ian with your latest venture
That would have been great...but a massive differance in price and costs to get up and running, one was a bargain and possibly needed little spent on it...the other a crumbling old building needing millions spent on it not including the sale price....but the grand wins on position hands down.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Sounds great, just a Shame its not nearer to home where it all started, hope the billericay-ites appreciate it.[/p][/quote]To true! Shame he didn't buy The Grand Good luck Ian with your latest venture[/p][/quote]That would have been great...but a massive differance in price and costs to get up and running, one was a bargain and possibly needed little spent on it...the other a crumbling old building needing millions spent on it not including the sale price....but the grand wins on position hands down. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Thu 27 Mar 14

J Arthur Rank says...

I suppose the people of Billericay have now to put up with a further influx of loud, rude, off their heads persons vacating the toilet that the Southend area has become. I hope this venture fails very quickly and have a feeling it will..
I suppose the people of Billericay have now to put up with a further influx of loud, rude, off their heads persons vacating the toilet that the Southend area has become. I hope this venture fails very quickly and have a feeling it will.. J Arthur Rank
  • Score: -5

3:20pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Gay Ray says...

J Arthur Rank wrote:
I suppose the people of Billericay have now to put up with a further influx of loud, rude, off their heads persons vacating the toilet that the Southend area has become. I hope this venture fails very quickly and have a feeling it will..
I think you are going to be proved wrong J. Arthur. This gay friendly bar is exactly what the toffs of Billericay need, the piano bar up London Road is a dead loss. The rest of the drinking establishments are a bit too macho for me. Bring it on, Ian!
[quote][p][bold]J Arthur Rank[/bold] wrote: I suppose the people of Billericay have now to put up with a further influx of loud, rude, off their heads persons vacating the toilet that the Southend area has become. I hope this venture fails very quickly and have a feeling it will..[/p][/quote]I think you are going to be proved wrong J. Arthur. This gay friendly bar is exactly what the toffs of Billericay need, the piano bar up London Road is a dead loss. The rest of the drinking establishments are a bit too macho for me. Bring it on, Ian! Gay Ray
  • Score: 4

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