The owners behind a new independent minimalist modern bar on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter are hoping it will rejuvenate the run down area while growing the company at the same time.
Lone Wolf has been created out of a former solicitors at the foot of the landmark Bismallah Building at the corner of Water Street and B4100 Constitution Hill not too far from Snow Hill Station.
It has a clean look with grey walls and ceiling contrasting with the walnut-coloured floor and bar frontage.
Modern, wooden tables come with simple stools and a mixture of chair styles more in keeping with modern office furniture than traditional bars.
It will specialise in hand-picked craft beers, premium wines and bottled and serve mostly cold meat and cheese boards as there is no traditional pub kitchen.
Near to the Syriana restaurant and Hen & Chickens pub, the site is closer to Snow Hill's central business district than other pubs further up the B4100 Great Hampton Street including The Lord Clifden and The Church JQ .
But if Lone Wolf takes off it could help to breathe new life into an area with some magnificent historic buildings and existing businesses on Water Street ranging from the Birmingham Bouldering Centre, a rock climbing gym, to the Peel & Stone bakery which will supply the bread.
Opening with a ten-year lease, Lone Wolf will have a capacity of around 120 people and cater for everyone from families to business workers seeking wi-fi and even people walking their dogs.
It will open earlier at weekends to create a coffee morning vibe.
The bar will open to the public for the first time at 5pm on Thursday, January 19.
The Lone Wolf plan
After working in London for 10 years with companies like M&B, brother and sister Joshua and Sallie McFadyen hope their first solo venture will be just the start of great things to come.
Josh, 28, says: “Lone Wolf is just going to be the start for us. We want to expand as quickly as possible and open more bars.
“I’ve kind of lost touch with who’s around in Birmingham, but any celebrities passing through are more than welcome to pop in!
“We thought we’d then have some people who were alive, but as well as David Beckham the next one we commissioned was of Carrie Fisher... who then died on December 27.
Josh says he and Sallie, 34, have done much of the work themselves to reduce the costs of setting up, with logistical help from their retired carpenter father and investment from a third party backer.
Originally from Sheldon until Josh was five, the family then moved to Tamworth.
The siblings went to the former Queen Elizabeth Mercian School and Josh is now married with a wife called Sally.
“Having a sister called Sallie and a wife called Sally does cause a lot of confusion in the family,” says Josh.
What’s the Lone Wolf mission statement?
Our mission is to offer you our favourite products, from local beers to international wines.
Gin, whisky, coffee, tea, juice, whatever it is, each item has been hand selected by us for one reason only... WE LOVE IT!!!
We are proud to say that our food, wherever possible, has been locally sourced.
As with our drinks, everything we sell, has been hand selected
What will the bar sell?
“We are going to rotate a lot of things so that we always seem to be fresh,” says Josh.
“We’ll be selling craft ales and bottles beers and have four on tap – but only one regular.
“That will be Freedom, a session lager from Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire , which will be £4.50 per pint.”
Will Lone Wolf sell food?
Wines, coffees and meat and cheese boards will be on the menu, but...
“We don’t have a kitchen with ovens and fryers, so we don’t be doing hot food,” says Josh.
“But we will do bar snacks and cold dishes like charcuterie as well as pies and pasties that can be heated in a warmer.
“At weekends we are hoping to have more of a coffee morning vibe with pastries and so on.
“There will be TV, but it won’t be Sky, so we’ll just show things like Six Nations and the FA Cup Final.
“We haven’t got a jukebox, but we do have a licence to play background music.
“It will help to create the atmosphere we hope people will enjoy, but won’t be like club nights!”
Where did the Lone Wolf name come from?
“We chose it because we were deciding to go it alone after always working for other people,” says Josh.
“And also because Sallie has a dog that looks like a wolf – it’s a cross between a white German Shepherd and an Alaskan Malamute Husky.
“She’s called Gabbie after the footballer... when he was playing better than he is now.
“Gabbie will be at the pub sometimes and we would want people to see us as dog friendly so they could bring theirs, though we do not have a beer garden.
“We will also be family friendly, too – our baby changer is being installed next week."
Why Constitution Hill?
“We’ve been talking to people and think this is going to be a really up-and-coming area,” says Josh.
“There are some great buildings round here – the Bismillah Building is one of them.
“We don’t have a cellar here, so we have taken one of the old solicitors’ conference rooms and divided it into a bin room and a room that’s now full of beer, with a cooler in it.
“It doesn’t look like a conference room any more!”
Where is it?
Lone Wolf, 2-10 Constitution Hill, Birmingham, B19 3LY or tel 0121 212 9555.
Visit the website here
Follow them on Twitter @LoneWolfPubs or email email@example.com
What is Bismillah?
The building used to house the city’s Pakistan Consulate.
It is owned by housing association Midland Heart and a deal has been agreed to let the section on the corner with Water Street.
Upper floors of the building will continue to be run as social housing by Midland Heart which selected Lone Wolf Pubs as its preferred operator because it felt the pub would be run in “a low-key manner”.
The Bismillah Building housed the electroplating works of international firm Barker Brothers from the early 20th century and the company’s branding can still be seen on a large front door.