Northampton Faces Bar closed after Bridge Street riot could be open again by weekend, claims owner

The owner of Faces Bar on Bridge Street says the venue could be open again by the weekend after its licence was suspended in December.
The owner of Faces Bar on Bridge Street says the venue could be open again by the weekend after its licence was suspended in December.

The owner of a Northampton bar, which had its licence suspended following a mass brawl on Bridge Street, says he is confident the venue will be open again by the weekend.

Northampton Borough Council suspended the licence of Faces Bar shortly after a 60-man brawl, which began within the venue and spilled out onto Bridge Street on Friday, December 12.

On Friday night, the borough council’s licensing sub-committee met behind closed doors to consider lifting the suspension - but chose to keep Faces Bar closed until it could be satisfied the venue could be opened safely.

Today, the nightspot owner Robert Snajdr says he is close to resolving the issues with police and the council over the licence and is confident he can be open again by the weekend, more than a month since doors last opened.

He said: “Our house is in order, it’s just a case of crossing the ts and dotting the is.

“The police are happy, the council is happy, there is a 99 per cent chance we could open tomorrow, but it is very difficult to relaunch on a weekday.”

Mr Snajdr, who says he has since hired a new security firm to oversee the venue, said he would be glad to put the events of December 12 behind him and continue to trade as soon as possible.

“I run a good venue and the people that come here love it,” he said.

“At the end of the day we have put all the measures in place now to ensure public safety.”

The instigators of the riot on December 12 had first attended an organised event at nearby venue Nu Bar, which also had its licence suspended in the incident aftermath. Nu Bar was allowed to reopen shortly before Christmas as the council was satisfied it had carried out a full risk assessment.

On Friday the borough council imposed some changes to Nu Bar’s licence conditions including a requirement that it give the police 14 days notice of any external promoted event.

Mr Snajdr said he would keep Faces Bar customers informed of the reopening date via the venue’s Facebook page.