Holy Smokes as BBQ joint moves into former fire station

Plans for the Fire Pit

Burning Night smokehouse concept the Fire Pit bar and restaurant is moving into an apt home.

The new restaurant from the Burning Night Group is set to open in an old fire station in Bingley.

The grade II-listed building is a two storey site off Main Street in the town, and will be transformed into a smokehouse and sports bar, opening on 7 April.

Burning Night hopes to maintain its original character, along with a tower and glass frontage as it develops its BBQ American sports bar concept Fire Pit.

The company already runs Potting Shed Trading, founded two years ago, in the town.

The company has completed a deal, supported by finance from Downing LLP, and contractors have now moved on site to begin the refurbishment.

Designers will add classic car parts, bric-a-brac and neon signage to the site, and the Fire Pit will feature a smoker and wood turning grill.

Issac Mayne, Head of Marketing and Promotions for Burning Night Group commented: “The Fire Pit is a new and exciting brand concept for the company and the Bingley site is an ideal location for its launch. As it is the old fire station, the brand name fits perfectly. The original external features of this Grade II building have been protected, retaining many of the striking trademarks such as the tower and old fire doors.”

Allan Harper, CEO of Burning Night Group, said “The Bingley site is the first launch of the Fire Pit brand which we hope to roll out further this year. The Fire Pit concept is new for us, but it’s a look and a style which we believe works very well and offers customers something a bit different which they’ll really enjoy.”

CBRE’s Specialist Markets team in Leeds has advised on the sale of a former old fire station.

Sam Potrykus, senior surveyor with CBRE’s Specialist Markets team in Leeds said: “We are delighted to advise on the sale of this historic building which is set to be transformed into an exciting bar and restaurant brand. America is the home of the sports bar and this concept is becoming increasingly popular with sports fans in the UK, indulging in great US-style food whilst watching their favourite sport.”