The Juke bar and cafe set to replace much loved Cherry Reds in Kings Heath

A new bar and cafe is set to open at the former much loved Kings Heath cafe Cherry Reds.

The Juke, in York Road, is set to open in June and the couple behind it have vowed to make it just as special for customers as the previous venue.

Cherry Reds, which held the title of the smallest bar in the EU when it first opened in 2011, was put up for sale last month.

Owner Jennifer Nadin sent out a tweet to customers saying the popular cafe bar “needs a new lease of life.”

Cherry Reds in Kings Heath

The premises has now been bought by 23-year-old Thomas Mee and his 22-year-old girlfriend Chelsie Eason.

The couple are both experienced in the pub trade having worked at various pubs in Birmingham and are now looking forward to setting up their first venture together.

The Juke will serve food and will have guest chefs from Digbeth Dining Club amongst others. There will also offer specialist craft beers.

But the bar show stopper will be a refurbished 1950s Jukebox which will take centre stage.

Mr Mee said: “We are so looking forward to opening The Juke and we hope to be open in June. We know how popular Cherry Reds was and we want to emulate that success but to also stamp our own style.

“We will have regular guest chefs in from places like the Digbeth Dining Club. We will sell specialist craft beer and our showpiece will be a refurbished 1950’s Jukebox. We want to create a special atmosphere.”

When it first opened in 2011, on York Road, Cherry Reds was the smallest bar in the EU.

It was previously a greasy spoon café before it became a bar (and still served fried breakfasts).

The success of the Kings Heath branch of Cherry Reds led to Jennifer opening Cherry Reds on John Bright Street in 2015.

It instantly became refreshing antidote to the multitude of chain cafes in the city – thanks to its down to earth atmosphere.


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