Inventive Leisure, the operator of the Revolution vodka bar chain, is on track to operate 12 sites under its Revolucion de Cuba dedicated rum bar concept by the end of the year. The company, which opened its first dedicated rum bar in Sheffield in April this year, will open its latest two sites under the brand in Harrogate at the end of this week and in Leeds on the 9th November. The two openings will bring the group’s estate of rum bars to 12. It currently operates a further standalone site in Norwich, plus dual sites with Revolution venues in Blackpool, Beaconsfield, Cambridge, Cardiff, Ipswich, Liverpool, Richmond and York. The openings this month will be the last for the chain this year but it hopes to add further sites both standalone and dual-sited next year. Speculation last month suggested that private equity backer Alchemy Partners, which acquired the chain at the end of 2005 in a £42.5m deal, was preparing to place the business on the market. M&C Report understands that this process will start in earnest early next year. Founder Roy Ellis told M&C Report that it was no surprise that the speculation had arisen. He said: “We went in to the deal with Alchemy with our eyes open and understanding the business model of private equity firms. Alchemy have backed us for almost six years so it is no surprise that speculation over them looking to exit has started.”