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Dec 8, 2015 7:34 AM ET

Archived: The Bison Arms: Reviving 80 East St as a pub championing the best of Brighton and stop it becoming a fast food chain

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 8, 2015

The Bison Arms

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What we want to achieve?

We aim to revive 80 East Street, Brighton as a pub specialising in craft beer, local beer, championing the best of what’s local including trades, artists, illustrators, writers and chefs to help us create this community based business. A real alternative to Burger King’s plans to open another franchise in this period property.

We aim for it to be a modern pub with no ties showcasing the best of local cask and keg beers displayed in our ‘Tap Room’ the first in Brighton.

A kitchen operation run by local talented chefs providing quality, fresh food with minimal waste using produce primarily from Sussex.

A pub open day and in to the night, 7 days a week that engages with the businesses and people around it striking the balance that considers the business, the residents, council and community.

We want it to become a new hub for the community around East Street, one that acts as a positive force, is well managed and will add to the current momentum of the East Street improvements.

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Intended impact

How we aim to do it.

Phase 1: £100k: Ground Floor pub launch – March/April 2016.
· Secure lease and sort planning/listing issues.
· Redesign ground floor interior.
· Refurbish kitchen, bar, cellar & toilets.
· Build tap room and bespoke booths.
· Invite local artists to customise their own area.
· Full redecoration of interior & exterior.
· Launch ‘The Bison Arms’ with full publicity launch.
· Invite local breweries to showcase their beers.

Phase 2: £200k: Basement: microbrewery, bar & venue.
Complete listed works required;

· Redesign basement space.
· Rebuild bar, toilets, microbrewery & venue.
· Full redecoration.
· Add basement to existing business & launch.

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Substantial accomplishments to date

A successful Seedrs campaign is what we need to begin the dream.

Once we have sufficient backing we can take on a new 25 year lease from the landlord, prevent any other alternatives and begin work on creating The Bison Arms.

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Use of proceeds

This campaign will see the funds to complete Phase 1.

This aims to set up the Ground Floor pub business, Brighton’s first Tap room and re-launch a food operation.

We aim for the proceeds from this business to fund Phase 2 to renovate the Basement level and launch a second bar, microbrewery and venue as part of existing Bison Arms business.

Once Phase 1 & 2 are complete we can focus on growth and then look at creating further sites under the same funding and management model.


Contact Information:

Jack Cregan
Nick Vardy
Simon Duddington

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