A Leicester site underwent massive renovations during the lockdown to help people ‘get into The Shed’ safely when it reopens this weekend.
The Shed, in Yeoman Street, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and finally has a date set for its first night of business in over 16 months
Tomorrow evening, the venue will welcome visitors again, with exchanges on Friday and Saturday evenings as business returns to normal.
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Elisabeth Carley-Leonard, the owner of the place, said: “It’s strange, really strange. It’s that mixture of excitement but also a little nervousness.
“It looks like there is so much left to do, but I’m thankful that we finally have a deadline.”
But there will be some differences for returning customers after the lockdown.
The site will now have a one-way system to prevent large numbers of people from congregating in an area and to make those who might be nervous about going out again to feel more secure in the site.
The concert hall and nightclub also underwent renovations to their basement after being hit by vandalism and flooding, as well as having had to replace the entire roof.
Ms Carley-Leonard, who took over the site, which hosted early career appearances by bands such as Kasabian, the Arctic Monkeys and Ellie Goulding, in 2017, as he faced the grim prospect of demolition, said: completely remodeled into a bar, and it looks absolutely amazing.
“We put another LED screen there, we have tabletop games there, an Xbox, and that will always be free entry.
“We’re finally in the right place where everything works and everything looks good too. “
The Shed introduced a new policy, requiring customers to show proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test when entering the site.
After a long wait to reopen the venue, Elisabeth said she was overwhelmed with support from the local community and loyal customers.
She said: “The people are just awesome, every time I’ve had a wobble and thought about throwing in the towel, the people who come forward and show their support are worth it.
“Yesterday one of our regulars volunteered to help with the maintenance, just to help out in any way he could.
“The community support is unlike anything I’ve seen or experienced before and it really makes me feel like we’ve created this amazing family here and I can’t wait to see them again. “