Kurnia’s last remaining trading outlet, The Cloud Bar in Lincoln’s historic Bailgate area has now been sold leaving company director Michael Kheng to concentrate on Kurnia Licensing Consultancy, a consultancy Michael set up over 7 years ago to assist the hospitality industry in legal and training matters. This marks an end of retailing for Kurnia who have operated bars and restaurants within Lincolnshire for well over 30 years.
Michael said ‘Although we are no longer retailing my company still retains the freehold of some pubs within our property portfolio so I guess we are still involved in a small way in retailing as I need to make sure our tenants in the sector are supported. My time is being taken up more and more dealing with licensing issues around the country and I found I had less time to commit to the retail side of the company. It will be sad in a way not to be retailing but life moves on and you have do what you enjoy doing. I have over 400 clients over England which certainly keeps me busy.’
The Cloud Bar has been taken over by a local company headed by Christopher Regan. Christopher has two other outlets in Lincoln and last year invested over £400,000 in the city’s Ye Olde Crowne Inn. Later this month Christopher will be opening the Lincolnshire Red Steak House on the site of a former city nightspot after a £300,000 refit investment. In addition to the three Lincoln venues Christopher is also owns the Broadstone Bar in Retford. Christopher has managed to achieve this in a very short time as he has only just turned 23. At 18 Christopher turned around a Manchester student bar after securing funds to buy the lease and then selling it on for a handsome profit. He then worked abroad in property development around the Red Sea before returning to England to start up in the hospitality sector. Christopher says his long term goal is to create a group of pubs and bars that are different, unique and fresh for the industry.
Christopher said ‘I have no major plans to change the Cloud Bar at this stage. I love the venue and the style fits well within our model. Once we have been trading there a while we will see if feel any changes are needed and if so then we shall look at implementing them in 2013.’