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NORTH East leisure operator Danieli Holdings has invested £80K into its yolo® bar in Ponteland to increase space and offering for customers, as it prepares to bring the brand to Newcastle city centre.

In response to high demand for private parties and functions, the project has included an extension of the mezzanine level and the addition of a dedicated bar, taking the floor’s capacity up to 50.

Meanwhile downstairs, the main bar has been extended with a section for draft and bottle service only to speed up customer flow and reduce queuing during busy periods on weekends and Bank Holidays. Alongside, there are more VIP booths for hire, the interior has benefitted from general improvements, and a pizza oven has been installed in the kitchen.

As part of the changes and in time for the warmer weather, the outdoor terrace has secured a later license, hosting guests all day until 10.30pm.

Since opening its doors in September 2015, yolo® Ponteland has been well-received by locals, so much so last month its owners announced a second site on High Bridge Street in Newcastle – yolo® Townhouse, which is set to launch later this spring following a £1M investment.

The refurbishment at the Ponteland venue is now complete and as well as the new features, customers can sample a fresh choice on the food and cocktail menus.

European-style dishes are served up for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, including Sunday lunches, and the menu has welcomed a selection of homemade pizzas, as well as two foot long sharing options – ideal for informal dining.

The social concept is carried through to the updated cocktail list with the new ‘Cocktail Tree’ – nine cocktails to enjoy as a group, and Mojito Boxes which offer an interactive experience, with key ingredients and fruits provided allowing customers to experiment with flavours and mix their own.

For cocktail rookies, anyone keen to learn more and try their hand at mixing or a fun activity for a birthday celebration or hen do, cocktail masterclasses can be booked, led by expert mixologists.

Extra blends have also been added to the cocktail menu, such as the classic Espresso Martini and the Peach Lychee Daiquiri.

Danieli Holdings chief executive Neill Winch said: “We have been overwhelmed by the success of yolo Ponteland and to meet demand have invested a significant sum to build on the private hire and functions arm of the business, as well as further enhancements aimed to make customers’ dining and drinking experiences even more enjoyable.

“There is more to choose from than ever before on our food and drinks menus, including sharing options and cocktail experiences for group bookings. Following the relaunch of our Ponteland venue, we are gearing up for the grand unveiling of its sister site in Newcastle city centre and can’t wait for the big reveal.”

yolo Ponteland is open seven days a week, with DJ sets on Friday and Saturday evenings, and live acoustic music takes place on Thursday and Sunday evenings.

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