Scunthorpe plans for upmarket steak house and cabaret bar on club site
THE Scunthorpe Conservative Club, which ceased trading last week after 126 years, could soon rise from the ashes as an upmarket steak house and cabaret bar.
The £500,000-plus transformation is the idea of local property developer and carpet retailer Neil Dubnyckyj, who was a member at the club in Doncaster Road for more than 30 years.
Mr Dubnyckyj, 56, was this week due to meet local steel boss Dave Chapman, 68, who bought the building in 2008 for £350,000, to further discuss his plans for the 78-year-old site.
The would-be developer said: "I want to have a good look around the site and decide whether it would be better for leasing or buying outright if the price is right.
"It's all up in the air at present.
"But my plans are for a Portuguese-style restaurant where diners have their steaks cooked to order at their tables.
"It would seat between 80 and 100 diners at a sitting and there would be a cabaret bar.
"A typical meal would cost around £20.
"I believe there is a niche in the market in Scunthorpe town centre for this type of restaurant.
"The new-look Cons Club would act as a before and after feeder bar to the Scunthorpe Baths Hall across the road. The beer would be around £1 a pint cheaper."
The restaurant and bar, as yet unnamed, would also create around 10 new jobs.
Hours of opening would be subject to the licensing conditions.
If a deal is struck between the two men, the site would include a games room linked to the bar, a three-bedroom apartment and the Campbells function room on the first floor, and a 45-vehicle car park at the rear of the premises.
Mr Dubnyckyj is no stranger to redeveloping ageing buildings in the Doncaster Road area.
In 2011, he bought the former Crosby Health Centre in nearby Parkinson Avenue and converted the building, which dated back to 1935, into 24 en-suite luxury apartments at a cost of £580,000.