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North Yorkshire multiple operator takes on 5th Star pub

North Yorkshire multiple operator, J&S Pub Company has taken on its fifth Star Pubs & Bars pub, Mist in Scarborough, bringing its pub estate to seven.

It has just completed £205k joint refurbishment with Star, transforming the wet-led high street pub into a quality traditional Irish pub, named McGinty’s. Ten new jobs have been created on the back of the investment.

The 46-cover interior has a rustic Celtic look and feel with exposed brick walls, distressed painted panelling and hand painted murals. Customers have a choice of green and burgundy leather booth style seating, high button back machinist bar stools and retro-styled wood and metal freestanding chairs.

Outside, new signage, lighting and window planters together with a mural on the side elevation give the pub more presence. New rustic style furniture and festoon lighting in the courtyard beer garden are in keeping with the internal décor.

The J&S Pub Company portfolio consists of different types of pub ranging from a sports bar, a pub with indoor and outdoor kids play area, village local and traditional Irish bar. Within these five are leased and two freehold sites.

Its Star pubs include The Golden Lion in Whitby, The Commercial Scarborough, The Ramshill Hotel, Scarborough and The Nag’s Head in Scalby, as well as non-Star pubs, The New Lancaster and The Plough Inn & Fun Farm in Scarborough.

McGinty’s is J&S Pub Company’s second Irish bar, its first, The Golden Lion in Whitby, has been a great success since it opened.

J&S Pub Company's co-owner James Durham said, “If McGinty’s does well we will roll it out as a brand across more locations in Yorkshire and the North East. The staff we recruit determines the speed of our growth. We find our managers first and then look for sites to suit them. In the case of McGinty’s we have a couple from Dublin running it.

“There is a real gap in the market for pubs that appeal to an older demographic who want to dress up and make an occasion of going out. Its harking back to days gone by. McGinty’s is far from the gimmicky Irish bars that were around 20-30 years ago.

'We wanted to bring a traditional all-Irish bar to Scarborough, designed by Irish and run by Irish, offering top quality service, with traditional Irish folk music playing in the background and live music on select nights throughout the year.”

“Our eldest, my step son is called Connor McGinty. We called the bar after him and the mural on the side elevation is of him.”

Dave Rowland, Star's Business Development Manager , added, “James and Stacey are experienced and accomplished operators who really understand the hospitality scene in Scarborough. We are delighted to have completed a joint investment with them to transform a tired pub into an authentic Irish Bar.

'The opening is well timed as the spring summer season is commencing in this famous seaside resort. McGinty’s is looking to attract a broad clientele with its eclectic drinks range coupled with regular live music. I wish them every success for the future. “