The site of the former Living Room and Sugar Hut in Liverpool city centre has been transformed by new owners into an elegant contemporary restaurant and VIP basement nightclub.

The 15 Group has given the Victoria Street location a stylish multi-million-pound makeover to become Dash restaurant and XOXO club.

image3XOXO will be revealed on Saturday October 27, with the restaurant due to open a few weeks later in November.

The 15 Group comprises partners, brothers Dean and Michael Jones, Gary Carr and Mark King. This will be the first joint venture for the four who have more than 10 years’ experience operating venues across the city.

They plan to create a glamorous high-end destination, adding something unique to the city centre but keeping the personal feel of an independent.

“It’s such a great space, there’s so much potential to get it right, and the design and decor for both venues are even better than we’d imagined so we’re really excited about it,” said Gary.

“We want the club and the restaurant to give people a reason to dress up again because that is Liverpool’s trademark. The style has gone more relaxed recently so we’re aiming to bring back that idea of a thriving place where everyone wants to be seen.”

image4Dash promises elegant contemporary dining with Pan Asian influences, and lunchtime and evening menus focusing on large and small plates. There’ll be live DJs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to create the perfect atmosphere for customers to have a drink in the bar then head downstairs to XOXO.

Playing all genres of music from house to R&B, the exclusive basement club will have a stunning look, void acoustic sound system and state-of-the-art lighting which Dean says would be at home in some of Las Vegas’s world-famous clubs.

“We’d love people to come in for lunch at Dash, then come back in the evening glammed up for food and drinks and finish off their night in XOXO until the early hours – they’ll feel like they’ve had a full night out around Liverpool but it’s all under one roof,” he said.

“I feel that Liverpool has become over-saturated with chain restaurants which all offer a very similar experience, so we are aiming to bring something warmer and more individual into the city.

“Dash and XOXO will have personal touches which you don’t find in more corporate venues and, with our extensive background in the industry, we’re confident we know what customers want and we’ll deliver that to the highest standards.

“We know people are going to be amazed when they see them because Liverpool’s never had anything like this before,” Dean added.