One of Doncaster’s biggest pubs is to close down next month.
Australian themed bar Walkabout will shut in mid-March - meaning one of Doncaster’s largest town centre venues will be calling orders for the last time.
Intertain, the firm which owns the nationwide pub chain, said that the Priory Walk venue was “loss-making” and confirmed the closure with “sadness.”
A statement from the firm said: “Intertain, the company that owns Walkabout Doncaster announced plans in January to reduce its debt and increase the level of investment in its bars across the UK in order to secure the long term future of the business.
“In order to do this we needed to look at all our venues across the UK and assess their performance levels.
“Many were performing well, however a few sites were loss making, so to continue running them as they were was not viable.
“Unfortunately Walkabout Doncaster is one of those venues. Due to current market conditions and the high level of rent we have to pay, the venue is making a loss. Additionally, our trading predictions do not see any change in this situation in the near future.
“It is therefore with sadness that we can confirm that the venue is likely to close in mid-March.
“This is a very sad day for us and our staff and it is not a decision we have taken lightly. Unfortunately though, we have no choice.”
The pub opened in as part of the Priory Walk development which unveiled a series of bars and cafes to the public for the first time in 2004.
Last year, the pub announced plans to become Doncaster’s latest licence venue, opening a nightclub, Candi, which stayed open until 5am.
The club was the brainchild of promoter Lucinda Cozens who said: “Staying open until that time is pretty extreme, I have to admit. But winter can be pretty damp and grey and miserable so we want to put a bit of sparkle back for people going out and having a great time.”
At its peak, the venue could host more than 1,000 revellers.