Ever So Sensible Bars, the multiple operator led by former Mitchells & Butlers executive Chris Bulaitis, has acquired a further site in Nottingham as it looks to ramp up its expansion plans. The company, which operates the Dogma and Le Mistral brands across the East Midlands, has secured the leasehold interest of the former Fothergills bar and restaurant in Castle Road. Work is now underway to transform the venue, which dates back to 1883 and becomes the group’s fifth in Nottingham, into a bistro-style pub ahead of a planned opening later this month. The 11-strong group, which has also recently acquired the Horse & Groom in Lincoln, is close to securing another site just outside of Nottingham city centre. Bulatis said: “We’re undergoing a period of growth. There are many empty sites across the East Midlands, like the Horse & Groom and Fothergills, which have great potential. We’re actively seeking new venues and I expect out portfolio to increase steadily over the next 12 months.” He said the company had been looking at the Fothergills site for a number of years. Bulatis said: “Having The Castle pub just a few doors away means that we’re well aware of the potential the area holds in terms of footfall. With views of Nottingham Castle and outdoor seating areas, it’s a big draw. “The ultimate aim is to create a pub with a comprehensive and traditional drinks menu, including ales from local micro-breweries, and an international, bistro-style food offering. We’ve taken time to ensure that this will complement our current operations at The Castle and encourage customers to visit both venues.”