Stonegate Pub Company is looking to convert the Missoula bar and grill in York to its Town Pub & Kitchen format under the name Tank & Paddle.

Stonegate acquired two of Novus Leisure’s three Tank & Paddle sites (Bishopsgate and Minster Court) as part of a package of sites from Novus in January this year. It was also understood to have acquired the Tank & Paddle brand as part of the deal.

However, Simon Longbottom, chief executive, Stonegate, told MCA that it wasn’t rolling out the Tank & Paddle format, but that it “is a name that we like” and was representative of the offer it has under its Town Pub & Kitchen format of tankards of beers, and pizzas served on boards.

The site formed part of the Missoula Montana trial that it did backed in 2014. “We took learnings from that, and we are looking at a conversion to our Town Pub & Kitchen format and we are utilising the name. It is a marriage of convenience,” he said.

“That’s not to say we won’t take some lessons from the two Tank & Paddles but we have only just started working with the teams there,” he said. “We are looking forward to creating a different demand on that particular strip – we already have a Slug & Lettuce over the road and we have got a Yates over the river and we are looking for something that will be different and attract a different consumer base.”

The plans submitted to the council stated that the current economic climate had meant the site has suffered from lost revenue, and any continued drop in sales would affect its ability to maintain current staff levels.

“The evening and night-time leisure market is already suffering from the on-going effects of the continuing economic recession and the uncertainties around ‘Brexit’ and it would be easy for the applicant to simply shut the property,” read the report.

The company took on the former Living Room site in 2013 when it bought the chain, turning it into a Missoula bar in 2014.

Longbottom said the company had reached the half-year mark in good shape. “Our time is very much focused on the integration of the businesses that we have bought,” he said. “We have had a regime change at Be At One with Sarah Miller operating the brand, and we are really pleased with the Novus investments that we have done. We have also converted a Slug & Lettuce in Epsom into a Be At One and that has got off to a terrific start,” he said.

He added that the warm Easter weather had bought a mix of fortunes for its sites with its Slug & Lettuce and community pub sites with gardens trading exceptionally well over the long weekend.