Be At One reopens original site after £200,000 refurbishment

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Nostalgic project: Be At One refurbs its original 1998 site
Nostalgic project: Be At One refurbs its original 1998 site

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As part of a "nostalgic project" Be At One has reopened its very first site - originally opened in 1998 - located on Battersea Rise, south London, following a £200,000 refurbishment.

The cocktail bar reopened on 22 February after undergoing a complete transformation showcasing a new exterior, centre-stage gold bar, neon signs, mural artwork and wooden-panelled walls.

The refurbishment of the original bar ensures guests will continue to "enjoy the unique Be At One experience, alongside the group’s award-winning drinks offering", the operator said.

Nostalgic project

Chief operating officer Andrew Stones said: “We’re really excited about this investment.

"It’s an important and nostalgic project for the whole company as Battersea was the first Be At One bar, having opened in 1998, and we have put a great deal of thought into the look and feel.

"We want to continue the pace of our current momentum, and this includes revamping our existing portfolio of bars as much as it does opening new venues.

"This project follows a similar recent programme at our Hammersmith bar, with excellent results, so we’re extremely excited to see how the Battersea bar is received by our customers.

"While the bar has a slightly different look to some of our others, it definitely still holds the classic Be At One feel.

"Guest experience continues to be at the forefront of everything we do and we want our customers to enjoy the new surroundings as the Be At One they both love and know.”

Expansion plans

Be At One plans to expand its current portfolio of 33 bars – 17 of which are based in London – to over 70 in the next five years.

Stones added: “We continue to actively seek new bars in locations that culturally match our offering, which is something that is incredibly important to us as a business, and have a strong pipeline for this year.”

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