Caribbean Shak Bar & Grill opens in Old Town - and it comes with a Gadgie Burger menu
Mark Newton (left) with Ricky Beadle and Mathew Searle inside Shak (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Apr 2018
A new Caribbean tiki bar selling popular Gadgie Burgers and sumptuous cocktails has opened in Hull’s Old Town.
Shak Bar & Grill in Posterngate, which only opened on Wednesday, has been transformed in just over a month after previously being home to Soho Lounge.
The intimate venue which is cladded with bamboo poles and a thatched roof, is owned by Mark Newton, 28, who has been in the pub trade for over a decade.
He has recruited his friend Tom Mainprize – one of the co-founders of Gadgie Burger – to join his entourage as head chef and he is hopeful together they can cook up a winning formula.
Mr Newton said: “Even before I bought the bar I really liked the idea of it being a tiki shack.
“I wanted it to be a bit Caribbean because everybody enjoys somewhere that makes them think of going on holiday and it’s a popular theme at the moment.
Shak opened on Wednesday (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
“If you go to any other major city there are always tiki bars dotted around. The closest thing Hull has got is Roots but I wanted to expand on that and add my own urban twist on your typical tiki bar.
“I know Tom personally too so I spoke to him about collaborating so he is running the kitchen with a full Gadgie menu and I’m running the bar and drinks side of things.”
Shak will serve classic Caribbean cocktails as well as craft ales, toasted lagers, IPAs, porters and stouts.
On the food front, all the Gadgie Burger classics are on the menu, including the Bat Fastard, Auntie Hilda’s Bolognese Burger and Luke Campbell’s Olympic Burger.
A wide selection of drinks are available (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
For anyone who can stomach it, there is also a mammoth eating challenge to tackle which pits four people to wolf down burgers, buffalo wings, fries, mozzarella sticks and onion rings in 30 minutes.
Mr Newton spent £60,000 doing up Shak and he is delighted with the bar’s new image.
All of the staff have been retained with a couple of employees also taken on to ensure the operation runs smoothly.
Craft ales are also available in the new tiki bar (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
With the urban twist, Mr Newton wants to entice people in with laid back indie tunes in the day before switching to old school 90s R’n’B in the evening.
The bar will stay open until 2am and Mr Newton, who worked at Soho Lounge before its closure, hopes the people of Hull will take to his new venture.
“We are trying to offer something a little bit different to the area,” he said.
The bar has opened in premises formerly vacated by Soho Lounge (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
“It’s brand new, it looks so much better and I would love to have everybody in to try it out.
“When we were called Soho Lounge there was a bit of a stigma about the place but that has gone.
“We have worked so hard to turn this around and we really want people to give us a chance.”
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