A new nightclub is set to open in Greenock creating around 30 jobs. Local businessman David Carroll is poised to resurrect the former Cafe Roslin building later this year and plans to recruit 25-35 staff.
The Dalrymple Street venue, also known as Viva, Velvet, 204 and latterly Hangar 13 until it closed in March 2014, will be renamed Rehab and is expected to open in time for the Halloween weekend.
Mr Carroll says he has lined up some big-name acts to perform there using his extensive contacts from Majorca where he has run the iconic Bananas and Carwash nightclubs in the party resort of Magaluf for the last 14 years.
The Greenock man, who runs Carrolls Furniture locally, has been in touch with star pals such as DJ Darren Styles, dance act Cascada and chart-topper Jax Jones about performing.
He says former boxing world champion Ricky Hatton and TV’s Geordie Shore duo Scotty T and Gaz are among the special guests keen to make an appearance.
His plans to re-open the venue have sparked a huge response on social media.
Mr Carroll said: “I want to use the contacts I’ve built up in Majorca over the years and bring good acts and bring that holiday experience here every Saturday night. I could easily go and set somewhere up in Spain but I want to do something here because this is where I grew up and where I live.”
Plans are now being drawn up to fully refurbish the premises, with work to start in the coming months.
“About 25 to 35 people will be taken on. It will be good to offer something different. The town hasn’t really had anything like this before.”
This article and picture appeared in the Greenock Telegraph on 15th April.