New lease of life for bar and ’50s diner to follow

Scott Doherty at the former Three Wise Monkeys in which he is creating Doc's.
Scott Doherty at the former Three Wise Monkeys in which he is creating Doc's.

An Alnwick lad is taking over a town venue to create a new bar and restaurant in the town.

Scott Doherty is planning to open Doc’s in the former Three Wise Monkeys venue on Fenkle Street, at the beginning of July.

The 27-year-old, born and bred in the town, is looking forward to the new challenge after years of working in bars and restaurants in and around Alnwick.

And the name of the new venue is close to his heart.

Not only is Doc’s a play on his family name – Doherty – but it is also in memory of his father, Trevor whose nickname was Doc, who died when he was 18, and his uncle, Alan, who also passed away.

“I want to provide something that is different,” he said.

“It is a huge, huge job and it will take some time to get it done. It’s going to be shabby-chic and like a home from home.

“I wanted to do something completely different, I didn’t want a typical pub theme.

“We’re going to do a whole range of drinks from jam-jar cocktails, teapot cocktails and fish bowls to draught products as well.”

In the upstairs area of the building, Scott wants to create a ‘50s-style American diner restaurant with booth seats, mini jukeboxes and food to match.

But that development will start at the beginning of 2015.

“The bar’s name shows my family heritage, but it is also like a statement,” he added.

And the bar has sparked interest on Facebook, with Scott managing to attract 400 likes to its page within hours of setting it up.

Doc’s will be hosting a launch night on Friday, July 4.

For more information, go online and search for Doc’s on Facebook.