Guildford Casino will have new ‘Covid-friendly’ bar opening next door and it’s got black lion statues

An open-air bar and cafe is coming to Guildford next month, next to the town’s most recognisable nightclub. Speculation was rife earlier this week after pictures showed shutters next door to the Casino nightclub had been lifted showing a garden area complete with ornamental black lion statues.

It has now been revealed this is the newest venture of Casino’s landlord Michel Harper who is set to open the new venue, which he is calling Y, in a soft launch on September 2. The roofless area will act as a cafe during the day and a bar in the evening serving wood-fired pizzas with a live band on Saturday.

Mr Harper said the venue would be based on units 1-5 The Quadrant with a coffee and deli area in one unit with a bar in its central section where nighttime entertainment would be played. Explaining the reason behind the unusual name he said the venue would offer something completely different to customers.

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“You’re going to say to me ‘why’ and I’m going to say ‘why not?’ That will be the web address, y-not.co.uk. It’s going to be a very unusual venue, it’s Covid-friendly, open-air and there’s lots of daytime and nighttime activities,” Mr Harper said.

Michel Harper wants to transform his buildings on Onslow Street
Michel Harper wants to transform his buildings on Onslow Street
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“There’ll be a lot of live music offerings, entertainment is a large part of that even during the day. I can see people coming in on Saturday afternoon, sitting down and listening to people from the ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) to give them a forum.

“There’s still a lot of work going on here because it’s quite comprehensive. When we open we would love customers to come in and hopefully we can offer them something very different in the town. It’s a unique offering.”

Following the soft launch of the venue, on September 3 it will act mainly as a bar operation while Mr Harper waits for the pizza oven to be delivered from the USA. All licensing arrangements are in place ahead of the opening as well. The site used to be home to table-dancing Bar Mambo, another Michel Harper offering, but closed around 2014. Since then Mr Harper has failed in his attempts to redevelop The Quadrant area in many guises such as a Dubai-style tower block, and more recently a student block which was blasted as a “monstrous carbuncle”.

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