A popular Leeds nightspot which was known for its famous clientele is re-opening this weekend.
The Townhouse was a regular haunt in the 90s and early noughties for footballers and soap stars from the ITV show Emmerdale until the then owners called time around eight years ago.
There were three floors and a cafe downstairs which served sandwiches until the early hours.
The venue has now been taken on by Newcastle-based firm Tokyo Industries which operates 32 other bars, clubs and venues across the UK such as Manchester and York.
It also runs The Joint in Leeds.
Saturday’s opening night with Taking Liberties is being billed as Townhouse Saturdays and is already generating huge amounts of interest from new and old customers alike.
Commenting via the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Facebook page Jonathan Law recalled: “It was the best place on Earth. Thursday nights in there were legendary.”
Catherine Gill added: “Loved Townhouse”.
Some of the same DJs that used to play when the club enjoyed its hey day are being brought back and there are themed nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays, drinks deals and cocktails.
Nigel Holiday from Tokyo Industries said he could remember going to the club when he was a student at Leeds Met.
He said: “I was in my second and third year and out every Saturday night getting dressed up to the nines to go to the Townhouse and hoping you were lucky enough to get in.”
The leisure firm’s managing director Aaron Mellor added: “It is great to be bringing the building back.
“We only took the lease a few weeks ago and it has been quite hectic. We are busy decorating and tidying the place up and a lot of the original Townhouse features still remain.
“People have been positive, everyone has missed the place and are excited to have it back.”
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