Pop-up Sheffield bar owners 'resolute' after thieves steal beer stock

Bar Stewards in Gibraltar Street.
Bar Stewards in Gibraltar Street.
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Thieves stole a weekend’s worth of beer from a pop-up Sheffield city centre bar.

Most of the stock at Bar Stewards in Gibraltar Street was stolen during a break-in on Thursday morning.

Thieves also took musical instruments stored in the cellar, along with a laptop.

The start-up business currently opens only at weekends but is in the process of applying for a permanent license.

Co-owner Alan Quinlen, who runs Bar Stewards with Charlie Mullen, said the stolen good were only worth a few hundred pounds, but to a business such as theirs that was a huge amount.

"They basically ransacked us," he said. "They came in and took what little we had.

"We have managed to scrape a few beers from various places, and luckily they haven't taken the cask.

"We are just powering through and hopefully we will be able to recoup some of our losses this weekend."

Because it is not yet a permanent business Bar Stewards does not have CCTV, although a neighbouring shop has a camera covering the entrance.

Alan said he had an idea who might have been responsible.

"I reckon they scoped us out," he said. "We can remember someone coming in that was quite dodgy, asking suspicious questions."

Fellow bars and breweries have offered their support on social media, and Bar Stewards will open as normal from 5pm today.

"It's a worry for us. We want to operate where we can leave things where we don't have to worry about them," said Alan.

"But we are resolute and we are not going anywhere.

"The responses on social media have been very heartening."

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