A Leicester cocktail bar has closed for good due to the effect of coronavirus, the owners have confirmed.
The Legendary Lab opened at the end of October 2019 in the former home of The Fish and The Chip and before that Maiyango, in St Nicholas Place.
The chemistry lab-themed bar was launched by trained chemist Ulrich Katusevanako, who works in the cosmetics industry, and education worker Amie Cull.
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They had both dreamed of opening their own bar, and wanted an opportunity to release their creativity.
The Legendary Lab gave customers the opportunity to enjoy an array of smoking, bubbling, colour changing drinks.
However, Ulrich and Amie have now confirmed that, due to the effects of the coronavirus, the bar will not be reopening.
They issued a statement, which said: “Many thanks to our customers. We have absolutely loved our time here but unfortunately the global pandemic has been a very tough time and for that reason The Legendary Lab will not be reopening.”
The idea for the venue came about in 2017, when Ulrich and Amie visited a themed bar in Paris where guests would draw a Disney character on a board, then the bartender had to guess the character in order to make their cocktail.
They decided to make a cocktail bar with a chemistry theme and offer cocktails with different effects, and put the customer in the centre of the experience by leaving them setting off the effects.
As well as the signature cocktails (the ones which had an effect), the bar also served classic cocktails and mocktails.
All were served in chemistry glassware, such beakers or conical flasks.
The Legendary Lab is not the only independent city business to have permanently closed due to coronavirus.
Deli and coffee shop The Pantry in Loseby Lane, and Newman’s restaurant in Market Street, have both also been forced to shut for good in recent weeks.