Town & City Pub Company (T&C), the managed pub and bar group, has unveiled a next-generation look for Slug & Lettuce – the bar brand it inherited from sister company Bay Restaurant Group. T&C, led by Toby Smith, has invested about £200,000 on a Slug venue in Chester, and will next update outlets in Bournemouth, Chichester and Durham. The new look includes a more contemporary design, some booth seating, better lighting and systems, plus a new palate of colours majoring on aubergine (purple-brown). Smith told M&C that the evolution of the 80-strong brand was designed to re-establish Slug & Lettuce as the best bar on the high street, with a strong food offer and great drinks. He said: “It’s not some massive revolution. This is a good business and we’ll steadily invest – we won’t be doing all 80 before Christmas. We want to maintain Slug’s food credentials while placing perhaps a bit more emphasis on the drinks, and making the bars attractive places to stay after food.” T&C took over the running of Slug in March, when Bay was effectively put up for sale. Bay has since withdrawn its La Tasca brand from sale but is believed to be in exclusive negotiations to sell Ha Ha Bar & Grill. Both Bay and T&C are owned jointly by Kaupthing and Commerzbank.