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Dezzie plans to dazzle with more bars fit for a McQueen


Dezzie McCausland wants to open a McQueen bar in Belfast

Dezzie McCausland wants to open a McQueen bar in Belfast

Dezzie McCausland wants to open a McQueen bar in Belfast

A Co Tyrone businessman who opened a London nightclub dedicated to Steve McQueen is in talks with the late actor's family to expand the brand name globally.

Dezzie McCausland, a lifelong fan of the iconic Hollywood star, launched his Shoreditch nightspot McQueen last year and is planning to open two more venues of the same name before the end of 2011.

The 33-year-old hopes to franchise the brand across the UK and Ireland and is finalising an agreement with Steve McQueen's son Chad to expand the McQueen brand across the globe.

The project, which Dezzie designed himself, has already been given the thumbs up by Mc Queen's widow Barbara, who visited the nightclub/bar/restaurant last year. The McQueen family has expressed an interest in working with Dezzie on future venues, including in the US, where he also plans to launch.

Dezzie, who comes from outside Dungannon, explained the concept behind McQueen: "I've always been a big fan of Steve McQueen's and wanted to open the type of nightspot that I think he would have loved, if he was still around now.

"He was the ultimate 'King of Cool', an iconic movie star with a recognisable name and face. Everyone has heard of Steve Mc Queen from films like The Great Escape.

"I designed the venue myself and think it represents him well. The interior is a mixture of dark wood, exposed brickwork, chocolate leather and furs and has a feel of a New York loft about the place.

"There are prints of Steve Mc Queen on the walls. It has a rustic charm to it and I believe he would have been happy drinking here."

Barbara McQueen was impressed when she visited the venue in Shoreditch and Dezzie later received a call from the movie star's son Chad to talk about expanding the McQueen brand.

"I'm planning to open a second one in Clapham and a third one by the end of the year and I'd love to see a McQueen bar open in Belfast and Dublin," Dezzie said.

"The McQueen family wants to be involved if we launch in New York or Los Angeles and I'd be delighted with that.

"In fact, Chad's even invited me out to the States this summer. So hopefully we can strike a deal."

Dezzie, who is the brother of property developer and television presenter Gary McCausland, is gearing up for the first birthday of McQueen. The nightspot is already proving popular with many of London's celebrities.

"Things are going really well so far. We've already won London Bar of the Year and the fact that the McQueen family likes it too is pretty cool."