Introducing: Jay Rennard
Company name: Hidden Bar & Pizzeria
Company website: https://hiddenbar.co.uk/
Social Media: @HiddenHarrogate

This week we met up with new bar owner Jay Rennard who has just opened ‘Hidden’, and talked about the challenges of opening a new bar and pizzeria after lockdown and why he’d like to have a drink with Steve McQueen…

When was the company founded and how has it grown?
We launched Hidden last week which was the first possible date outside of the last lockdown, but we are aiming to be here for many years to come. I have always wanted to run a bar or restaurant and this was a great opportunity to do both in one at the right time that I just couldn’t turn down. We have a brilliant central location on the Ginnel just down from Betty’s and near the Montpellier Quarter and we look forward to welcoming new clientele.

Why do you stand out from your competition?
We are unique and offer a different dining experience in Harrogate. Over 90% of our drinks are exclusive in the area like our Della Vite prosecco and Chaffrey Bros wines.  We want to offer people something different and give them a reason to try out Hidden… and to then come back.

What is your background prior to opening Hidden?
I was born and bred in Leeds and grew up with very humble beginnings. I have always made opportunities for myself in all aspects of my life and worked in industries I am passionate about, like cars and hospitality. I also love interior design and created the new interior of Hidden myself.

How has Covid affected your business and how did you cope?
In some ways Covid helped us as it was another business sadly closing that gave us the opportunity to buy the bar, but it then held us back opening with the national lockdown in place. We are determined to stay open though and have gone out of our way to ensure social distancing and sanitising measures are all in place.

Who would you most like to have a drink with and why?
Definitely Steve McQueen – the king of cool! I have had a love of cars all my life and he epitomises that kind of lifestyle. Also, Paul Smith as I love his clothes and he would also be a great character to share a beer with.

What advice would you give the next generation starting their careers?
Just go for it. You never know if you don’t try and keep pushing to strive for your goals and you will get there. Also
, don’t be afraid to try something new if it doesn’t work out.

Why do you like doing business in Yorkshire?
I am a straight-talking Yorkshireman and say it as it is, and they are the kind of people I like working with. Born and bred in Yorkshire and here to stay.

Name your favourite local business and explain what makes them special.
So many to choose from but Lynx Menswear in Harrogate is one of my favourites. Guy is a great bloke and they have been around forever.

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