First look at the £1m refurbishment of All Bar One in Norwich
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A fire-ravaged city centre bar and restaurant is reopening after a £1m refurbishment.
All Bar One, on Tombland in Norwich, was 'wrecked' after an early morning blaze on March 2 this year but will be back in business on tomorrow night.
The chain bar has employed 20 new staff, most of whom live locally.
An 'industrial and funky' look, which is new for the business, has been used in the Norwich site behind Edinburgh airport and Manchester.
There are 60 All Bar One restaurants across the country.
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General manager Clive Hitchens wants to boost customer numbers by 50pc, compared to the previous business, and attract a variety of people.
Mr Hitchens, 44, said: 'Pretty much the whole place was a wreck. Everything had to be replaced.
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'I'm really elated and excited. It is going to be a great thing for Norwich.'
He added it was important to have a high level of competition between bars and restaurants in the city because it boosted the overall standard.
One new feature of the business will be cocktail making masterclasses for groups of 10 or more as it was a popular form of entertainment in Norwich, according to the general manager.
Mr Hitchens, who used to run Norwich's Lamb Inn on Orford Place, also wants to introduce acoustic music sessions.
Customers can use the new All Bar One digital app to look at deals and menus, which include dishes from around the world.
The Norwich restaurant will be able to serve 42 people at one time.
The cause of the fire was an accidental emission, according to Norfolk Fire Service.
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