As the newly re-developed Piries Place takes shape, news of ‘The M Bar’ circulated earlier this month and was met with huge excitement.
Located in the same spot as the old B52’s bar, this new venue has already raised plenty of interest, not only because it’s another empty unit being filled with an independent business, which by the way is fantastic news in it’s self, but because of the origins of it’s name.Mistakenly thought to be named after co owner Benz Suwanmongkol’s love of cats ‘The Meow Bar’, it is in actual fact, named as a tribute to Sophie Burstow’s late mother, Melanie.Sadly, Melanie passed away in 2008 and was well known locally as the founder of China Brasserie, Wabi and the original owner of Piries Bar.
Sophie, Benz, Yee Wang and local businessman Nico Spurrier are the driving force behind the new venture and with an opening date set for December 6, I couldn’t wait to meet up with 2 of the owners, Benz and Yee, to find out exactly what they have planned.
So Benz, firstly what made you decide to open a new bar? ”Well Davey I have dreamt of opening my own bar in Horsham town ever since the closure of Wabi in East Street, but didn’t have the help of like minded people until now”
Benz was previously Wabi’s bar manager and made a name for himself as a hugely talented mixologist (those guys that spin and juggle bottles before making you an insanely delicious cocktail):
“I think with Wabi now gone, there is a real need to provide Horsham with a good quality high end cocktail bar which offers great food and a memorable experience. Benz continues. A lot of Wabi’s ex employees are actually joining me again to deliver on this concept”
Benz is no stranger to business, as his mobile cocktail bar ‘Flair Affairs’ has appeared at many private venues and local town centre events, such as Americarna and The Carribean Festival which took place earlier this year.
When asked to elaborate on the food, Benz swiftly passed me to Yee.
Yee is on board as head chef, bringing 18 years of China Brasserie experience: “I plan to produce fresh Asian-fusion cuisine from China to Japan, Thailand to Vietnam, with tapas-style dishes, using many traditional techniques including the unique style of Ben Cho Tan charcoal grilling.” Yee’s wife Fien will take his place as front of house at the hugely popular China Brasserie.
The bar plans to be open 6 days a week, 11 am – midnight Monday to Thursday, and open until 1 am on a Friday & Saturday.
With what the team have planned, this should be a very exciting and classy destination for Horsham revellers and we wish them all the best.
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