A new man is now at the helm of a popular South Tyneside bar.
Alex Ozobia has been named the manager of Nine Bar in Dean Road, South Shields.
“Overall I am really looking forward to the future and taking the place to the next level.”Alex Ozobia
He takes over from predecessor Glen Winlow, who has moved on to pastures new.
Mr Ozobia now hopes to build on the success of the bar, formerly the Woodside Bar, which was opened in its current form in December 2013.
Since then it has proved to be a popular with those having drinks before heading into the town centre.
The 27-year-old, from South Shields, who has worked in bars for the past nine years working his way up from bar staff to bar manager, said: “I was approached by the directors who were looking for a new manager, and the deal was too good to turn down.
“At the time my son was only one week old and I had to think of the family.
“This was a step up for me and my family, and the bar is closer to home.”
A launch night of a range of new cocktails which will now be on offer at Nine bar, will take place on Thursday August 4 from 5pm.
People are invited to try free samples of new cocktails as well as enjoy an evening of live music with singer Dean Palmer.
Mr Ozobia added: “I’ve been working in bars since I turned 18 and running my own bar is something I’d always wanted to do.
“I have only been here a few weeks and I’ve seen how busy it can be – and it just seems to be getting busier and busier every weekend.
“We are also seeing new faces coming in and it is quite a mixed clientele we have now.
“I know music in the past was a bit hit or miss, so that is something I’m going to look at, but overall I am really looking forward to the future and taking the place to the next level.
“We will be launching our new cocktail range next week, but gin is proving to be quite popular. We have quite a large gin customer base so it made sense to increase the range on offer and to introduce gin sharing boards.
“Our function room is also doing really well, with the number of bookings we have taken increasing.”
The Nine bar is open every day of the week from 5pm until late with the function room available for hire.
To hire the function room visit www.thenine.co.uk/ or facebook page by searching for Nine Bar and Lounge or call 0191 456 4065.