The good ol’ US of A rides back to town

David McEvoy, Andy Longworth and Julie Buckley. Picture: Marie Caley D3208MC

David McEvoy, Andy Longworth and Julie Buckley. Picture: Marie Caley D3208MC

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REBORN in the USA!

A taste of freedom has returned to the streets of Doncaster following the arrival of Liberty Bar and Grill.

The bar, on the corner of Wood Street and Cleveland Street and formerly occupied by Tonik, also marks a return to Doncaster’s social scene for David McEvoy (pictured left) who many will recall as the jovial and always welcoming host and manager of Central Park a few years back.

After a few years away from town David is now back and ready and raring to go with his latest venture - bringing a taste of the good ol’ US of A to Doncaster at the restaurant which will bring the Stateside sights, sounds and smells back for a new generation.

Over the last few months, David and his team have been transforming the two floor building into a comfortable friendly bar and restaurant which will cater for those looking for a quiet cup of tea and a cupcake during the day to those longing for cocktails and a lively time during the evening.

The restaurant - due to open on February 17 - will serve up David’s speciality - gourmet burgers -as well as pizza, pasta, steaks and - wait for it, one of his best-loved creations, the Tidy Burger, a spicy feast of beef chilli, cheddar cheese and jalapenos, sitting on top of a burger which will delight diners new and old alike.

Said David: “It is all about creating a happy environment where people can relax, have a good time and then come back again. We will be serving great food with great service and we’ll be using local produce too.”

Since 2008, David has been touring Britain taking his gourmet burgers to festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival after spending £12,000 on a luxury 1976 iconic American Airstream van and transforming it into a travelling diner.

The building has been given a similar makeover with a New York flavour and the two bars have been refitted and will be serving up a specially brewed Liberty Ale, created in conjunction with the team behind nearby Cask Corner. David’s business partners Andy Longworth and Julie Buckley (pictured), managers of the real ale haven, will be working with Liberty to create an exciting new outdoor balcony area linking the two venues.

He said: “The two places are quite diverse - real ale and cocktails - but we want to work together and create something that appeals to everyone.”

The cocktail menu includes all the classics, and to add to the fun, there will also be live music on the first Wednesday of every month from jazz-ska band Liberty Skank, courtesy of the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Added David: “Its a dream to be back. I am looking forward to a new exciting chapter.”

n Darren Burke