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First look at new cocktail bar whose owner doesn’t mind if it makes money

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Original article from Kent Live

A new hospitality venture in New Romney faces one of the toughest starts imaginable.

Due to open in June, it's not clear what coronavirus restrictions might be in place when Balance Bar flings its doors open to customers for the first time.

But you get the impression that financial resources won't be what holds it back.

The new £250,000 bar currently under construction in the High Street is being funded by local businessman Lance McKay, who has apparently amassed considerable wealth through his companies HRS Rail and HRS Construction.

Mr McKay owns a fair bit of local real estate too – including the Savages greengrocers, next door to his new bar.

But bringing a quality bar to his hometown, while diverting all of its profits to brain tumour charities because his daughter has recovered from one, means this particular venture is closest to Mr McKay's heart.

His marketing manager Callum told KentLive: "He wants to give something back and create awareness about how it affects peoples' lives.

"Where his daughter was looked after in Ashford, the kids didn't really have lots of entertainment so he bought all the kids on the ward iPads.

"People might have heard actually that some Nintendos were stolen from the ward recently, and he's just bought another four consoles to give them.

"It's things like that he's looking to do – there's no particular charity it will be linked to but there will be a focus on brain tumour charities."

Tapas food

Balance Bar will have a tapas food offer

Callum said around £250,000 was being spent on the High Street unit which was once home to a bank branch.

A major project is underway to turn it into a cocktail bar with live sports and a tapas food offer.

There will also be a stylish interior made to look like a bank vault, pointing to the unit's former use.

Live sports will also be available

Callum added that, for Mr McKay, the venture was also about giving back to his hometown.

"The location was important to him because there's not much going on in New Romney really," he said.

"For him it's something he's always wanted to do and we hope to create a real nice community around it.

"He doesn't need to make money from it but if it does he's going to give it to brain tumour charities."

Balance Bar is due to have a soft launch is planned in June, with a full launch to follow if Government restrictions continue to ease.

They say the plan is to unite the lively and vibrant atmosphere of a cocktail bar with the relaxed enjoyment of a sports bar.

A "unique experience" is promised, where people can enjoy themselves in a venue in the knowledge that all profits go directly to charity.

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