1000 Trades Already a Firm Jewellery Quarter Favourite, just Two Months After Opening
After two months of trading, one of Birmingham’s growing number of popular independent venues, 1000 Trades, is fast becoming a go-to place for drinkers and eaters across the city.
Setting out to put craft, quality and variety at the heart of everything they do, the business is located in a Grade II-listed building at 16 Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter. The premises, which previously housed Caribbean bar-restaurant Diamondz and Pearlz, is undergoing extensive refurbishment over its three floors.
The first phase opened to the public in June with further work planned to renovate an atmospheric top floor workshop.
Owners Jonathan Todd and John Stapleton have created a bar that celebrates Birmingham’s rich craft heritage whilst acting as a genuine hub for culture and the local community, serving up a great range of craft beers, natural wines and street food.
There are also plans to host regular events at which local artisans and makers can showcase their work. They will be celebrating Birmingham Heritage week starting 10th September with a musical walking tour of the area, and unveiling a specially created mural that charts some of the most famous – and quirky – moments in Birmingham’s history.
Jonathan Todd said:
We're excited to be bringing a fantastic old building in the Jewellery Quarter back to life as a neighbourhood bar and kitchen.
We chose the name in reference to Birmingham’s history as ‘city of a thousand trades’ – a place where you could get anything made by craftsmen and women renowned throughout the world.
We want to celebrate craft in all its forms, complementing what is already happening in the area and working with local artists, musicians and community groups to continue Birmingham’s fine tradition of innovation and creativity.
The venue currently has capacity for around 200 people with room for networking and business events as well as space for community groups – which they are particularly keen to host – spread across 2 floors.
Chilli Dog Dogs veteran Simon Dunmore kicked off manning the kitchen with his popular street food offering known and loved by punters at the Prince of Wales in Moseley, and there will be a number of ‘pop up’ takeovers throughout the year. The venue recently hosted Salt & Earth, a casual dining concept from Jewellery Quarter neighbours and critically acclaimed restaurant Two Cats Kitchen. The next takeover sees street food vendors Kebabylon take the reins for 2 weeks starting 5th September.
Historic England’s records show that 16 Frederick Street was built in the 1870s and was previously used as a jewellery works. The building was awarded Grade II status in 2004.
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