The owners of a new sports bar have banned 12 people in three weeks in a bid to clean up its bad reputation.
Simon Wilkins and Clarke Rothwell opened Priestley’s Cafe Bar in the former Jardy’s bar in Birstall last month.
The pair, who decided to rename the establishment in Low Lane, also run a cafe there during the day.
Mr Wilkins hopes to rebuild the bar’s poor reputation and create a welcoming environment.
He said: “We want to get away from the stereotype that this is a lads only bar and we want to bring in mixed clientele.
“We want to work with the community and for them to hold groups such as mums and tots in our facilities.”
A cannabis farm worth around £24,000 was found in the cellar of Jardy’s in February this year, before the pair took over. It was the second time in three years that the club had been searched by police.
The new owners were in negotiations to take over the premises for more than six months after objections from the building’s landlord and nearby residents.
Mr Wilkins, an accountant by trade, said: “The lease is owned by the Co-op and they had no intention of opening the building back up as a bar.
“We held around 15 meetings with the local council, residents, police and the Co-op explaining our plans for the establishment.
“There was some hostility over the previous place as there was often fighting outside.
“It was not a nice place to be but we are changing all that.”