Cocktail bar owner is searching for a Tiger

Rachael Frame
Rachael Frame

A North East entrepreneur is coming home to revitalise a well known Newcastle night spot.

Rachael Frame, of Ponteland, has been working in event management for the drinks industry in London for several years.

But now the 35-year-old has returned to her native North East to open a cocktail club in the former Julie’s nightclub on the Quayside, which in its 1980s heyday attracted stars from stage, sport and screen.

She aims to create the feel of a private members’ club, offering quality service and either pre-mixed cocktails prepared by a team of mixologists, or bespoke drinks made to customer requirements.

There will also be late night dancing, live DJ sets and even performances by dancers and acrobats.

The bar will be named Tiger Hornsby in honour of a former Julie’s regular who Ms Frame met at a party in London.

Now she is eager to trace the woman in time for the venue’s opening next month.

She said: “I got talking to this woman and even though we didn’t talk for long, it was noisy and I couldn’t really hear her very well, she made an incredible impression on me.

“If I remember rightly, she was originally from the North East – she’d certainly been a regular at Julie’s in the 80s –and there was just something about her. I reckon she’d be in her late 60s, but you could tell she was stunning when she was younger and she still had that kind of old-school, groomed glamour. She was quite unforgettable.”

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