Riddle as Billericay champagne bar shuts its doors

Deserted – the closed Vetro bar, in Western Road, Billericay

Deserted – the closed Vetro bar, in Western Road, Billericay

First published in Echo News by

A TOWN centre bar which underwent a £500,000 refurbishment a year ago has closed unexpectedly.

Vetro bar, in Western Road, Billericay, remained closed over the weekend, more than a year after the revamp.

Bewildered residents only discovered the champagne and cocktail bar was closed when they saw a sign stuck in the window.

Neighbour Lauren Baines, 18, who lives in Western Road, said it had only been opening sporadically since the new year.

She said: “It has been shut for the last few weeks.

“It opened on New Year’s Eve, but it’s hardly been open since.

It’s not open in the week any more, but when it was, no one went in there.

“It has been quiet recently and is not as busy as a normal club would be.”

The nightspot opened in November 2012 after an extensive refurbishment estimated to have cost £550,000.

It was transformed from Stewarts Wine Bar, which had attracted noise complaints.

The revamp included tinted windows, designer lighting and materials imported from Italy.

The venue also included a VIP bar, lounge area, main bar area and an al fresco dining terrace.

Joyce Scott, 79, who also lives in Western Road, added: “I was shocked to hear it had closed, but it’s in the wrong place at the wrong end of the High Street.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, added: “Everything is still in the bar for all to see, it looks like they have just upped and left, it’s very strange.

“It did look quiet over Christmas, but they spent a fortune on it, so it’s very sad.

“There was such a hoo-hah about it when it opened, but it’s been quiet since they took over.”

The Echo tried to contact the owners of the bar, but they had not responded by the time we went to press.

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6:44am Wed 22 Jan 14

LeighCommuter says...

Sounds like a very "TOWIE" place
Sounds like a very "TOWIE" place LeighCommuter
  • Score: 8

7:32am Wed 22 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

a VIP bar.....how naff.
and Joyce Scott 79 was shocked to hear it was closed....was she a regular..where will she supp her champers now.? hope you had a nice hot sweet tea and a sit down to calm the shock.
a VIP bar.....how naff. and Joyce Scott 79 was shocked to hear it was closed....was she a regular..where will she supp her champers now.? hope you had a nice hot sweet tea and a sit down to calm the shock. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 10

11:21am Wed 22 Jan 14

katie2 says...

not surprised it has closed down, myself and my sister were going out to dinner on a Thursday night, we were a bit early so planned to pop into Vetro for a couple of cocktails before dinner, they had a 'celebrity DJ' event starting at 9pm which cost £10 entry fee. We explained that our dinner reservation was at 7.30 pm (it was 6.30pm) so we would be gone by then but were refused entry unless we paid £10! not very good business sense being as the cocktails were more than £10 each!
not surprised it has closed down, myself and my sister were going out to dinner on a Thursday night, we were a bit early so planned to pop into Vetro for a couple of cocktails before dinner, they had a 'celebrity DJ' event starting at 9pm which cost £10 entry fee. We explained that our dinner reservation was at 7.30 pm (it was 6.30pm) so we would be gone by then but were refused entry unless we paid £10! not very good business sense being as the cocktails were more than £10 each! katie2
  • Score: 18

2:33pm Wed 22 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

katie2 wrote:
not surprised it has closed down, myself and my sister were going out to dinner on a Thursday night, we were a bit early so planned to pop into Vetro for a couple of cocktails before dinner, they had a 'celebrity DJ' event starting at 9pm which cost £10 entry fee. We explained that our dinner reservation was at 7.30 pm (it was 6.30pm) so we would be gone by then but were refused entry unless we paid £10! not very good business sense being as the cocktails were more than £10 each!
Should of told them you Know Joyce.
[quote][p][bold]katie2[/bold] wrote: not surprised it has closed down, myself and my sister were going out to dinner on a Thursday night, we were a bit early so planned to pop into Vetro for a couple of cocktails before dinner, they had a 'celebrity DJ' event starting at 9pm which cost £10 entry fee. We explained that our dinner reservation was at 7.30 pm (it was 6.30pm) so we would be gone by then but were refused entry unless we paid £10! not very good business sense being as the cocktails were more than £10 each![/p][/quote]Should of told them you Know Joyce. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 9

5:23pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Been there got the T shirt says...

Make a nice charity shop, for the light sensitive folk.
Make a nice charity shop, for the light sensitive folk. Been there got the T shirt
  • Score: -3

8:41pm Wed 22 Jan 14

ThurrockResident says...

No jobs or low pay = no money for Champers.
No jobs or low pay = no money for Champers. ThurrockResident
  • Score: 6

10:13am Thu 23 Jan 14

Geoffy says...

Wrong location, wrong market, wrong prices and wrong attitude by the owners. If you see their personal twitter feeds, which I won't post here, you will see that running a proper business is furthest from their mind. It's a shame because that premises used to be an excellent family run restaurant apparently, then they retired only to sell it to Stuarts which ended up a dive bar. Was Vetro just an expensive front with the same Stuarts attitude and market? Who knows but the evidence is pointing in that direction IMO.
Wrong location, wrong market, wrong prices and wrong attitude by the owners. If you see their personal twitter feeds, which I won't post here, you will see that running a proper business is furthest from their mind. It's a shame because that premises used to be an excellent family run restaurant apparently, then they retired only to sell it to Stuarts which ended up a dive bar. Was Vetro just an expensive front with the same Stuarts attitude and market? Who knows but the evidence is pointing in that direction IMO. Geoffy
  • Score: 9

10:36am Thu 23 Jan 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

Sounds like they were money laundering, I reckon Joyce is Mrs Big....
Sounds like they were money laundering, I reckon Joyce is Mrs Big.... Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: 5

10:37am Thu 23 Jan 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Riddle as Billericay champagne bar shuts its doors

It’s not open in the week any more, but when it was, no one went in there.

“It has been quiet recently and is not as busy as a normal club would be.”

There, riddle solved.
Riddle as Billericay champagne bar shuts its doors It’s not open in the week any more, but when it was, no one went in there. “It has been quiet recently and is not as busy as a normal club would be.” There, riddle solved. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 5

10:53am Thu 23 Jan 14

MilesBond says...

Bernard Fatsack wrote:
Sounds like they were money laundering, I reckon Joyce is Mrs Big....
You could be right. I've always thought there was more to Gala Bingo than met the eye.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard Fatsack[/bold] wrote: Sounds like they were money laundering, I reckon Joyce is Mrs Big....[/p][/quote]You could be right. I've always thought there was more to Gala Bingo than met the eye. MilesBond
  • Score: 4

4:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Stop picking on Joyce you lot!

For all you know she might have worked there part time job there as Pole Dancer.

How do you think you would feel suddenly losing your jobs like that without any forewarning.

Shame on you!
Stop picking on Joyce you lot! For all you know she might have worked there part time job there as Pole Dancer. How do you think you would feel suddenly losing your jobs like that without any forewarning. Shame on you! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

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