I began my career in the late night industry at Romeos and Juliet`s in Colyear Street. Back in the days when it was essential to work as a door supervisor, usually with two years or so of training before you began moving up the management ladder.
The building was fitted out in the 1960s (I am told) as a bowling alley, then converted into Baileys Cabaret Club around 1970. When Baileys was changed to Romeos and Juliet`s, many of the key staff were retained; Marie Burton, Angie Weston and Greg and Jane Kobernic. I joined the company in the early 1980s, when business was good, but not good enough to warrant the investment required to create the Pink Coconut.
John West, Daryl Rogers, John Kay and Jules Burton headed up the entertainment team, and Tony Walker and Stafford Scalley strengthened the management – and the business began to grow. The Pink Coconut opened on the 13th of October 1983. The following year it made over a million pounds profit, and continued to do so for many years to come.
Due to the phenomenal success of the Pink Coconut, Clouds discotheque (formerly Sadies), was added to the complex as the Slick Chick. Stafford Scalley took over as manager, and was assisted by John Sulley, who had been poached from the Rhode Island Diner.
The main bar was built within a greenhouse, onto which water “rained” onto the roof. Or that was the plan until it began to leak like a sieve. The second bar was further into the room, with a stage built on top of it – complete with a DJ dressed as an American Baseball player, and supporting cheer leaders.
When Stafford moved over to the Superbowl section of the company I took my first managers job at the Slick Chick.
Not of a bar, or a discotheque or a nightclub – but a “Fun Drinkery”