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[14 SEP 00] LITTEN TREE NEWS
Litten Tree Prepares To Bloom

A bar and restaurant which is opening soon in Coventry may be changing the face of the city's nightlife but one of its managers will be very familiar with his surroundings.

The SFI Group are launching an outlet of the national 'Litten Tree' chain on the former Intershop site and have appointed management duo Shaun Beamish and Hayley Smith to run it.

Shaun Beamish and Hayley Smith
SHAUN BEAMISH AND HAYLEY SMITH

The pair have been handed the task after impressing in the Harrow branch of the same chain.

They were offered the chance to spearhead the launch of the Coventry venue, which turned out to be a journey home for Beamish.

He grew up in Coventry before moving into the bar industry and leaving for London 15 years ago - his parents still live in Wyken.

Despite being a successful management duo in Harrow, Beamish, aged32, admits that he and partner Hayley did not have to think twice before accepting the new role.

He said:

"Working in this trade can take you anywhere in the country and it was a pure co-incidence that when we were offered such a great opportunity it happened to be where I grew up.

"The Litten Tree is a very successful brand and I am sure the Coventry site is going to be embraced by revellers in the city, we wanted to be part of that.

"Although working in Harrow was great, the chance to be involved in somewhere like this from the start and have a hand in building that success was too good to miss."

Hayley, aged 25, is confident that The Litten Tree will prove popular and is hoping that it will kick-start the envisaged 'restaurant quarter'.

She said:

"This end of the city centre has not taken off as planned but the reputation that The Litten Tree has for food and entertainment should bring people down here.

"Hopefully that will be the signal for things to really move forward.

"We will have a capacity of close to 500 and will operate serving food all day and then transform into a light hearted party venue at night."

The Litten Tree is due to open in early October and has a 12am licence in the week and 1am at weekends.
   

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