Sheffield’s golden girl, Jessica Ennis, lead proceedings at the star-studded opening of the Genting Club Sheffield on Saturday night. The Olympic champion cut the ribbon at the event, which was attended by 1,200 VIPs and competition winners.
Jessica also raised £5,000 for The Children’s Hospital Trust at the event. Jess is a patron of the Sheffield charity and took to something called the ‘cash cube’ on the night to raise money for the cause. The cash cube is a box filled with different coloured ping-pong sized balls and a wind machine. Jess had to catch as many as she could in 30 seconds, with £100 being donated to the charity by Genting for each ball caught. Jess caught 12 in total, but Genting rounded the donation up to £5,000.
Emmerdale actresses, Lucy Parteger and Charley Webb, who play Chastity Dingle and Debbie Dingle respectively, were also at the bash, along with Sky News presenter Charlie Webster and players from Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday squads.
The Genting Club opened at the weekend after a nine month development project to turn the space underneath the ‘Cheesegrater’ car park in to one of Sheffield city centre’s premier entertainment venues.
The Genting Club, which spans two floors and over 35,000 square feet, includes an expansive gaming floor, poker room, two restaurants, three bars and a late lounge with a stage and dance floor. There are also interactive touch-tables in the bar, where you can play games, be your own DJ and learn to play Blackjack and Roulette.
The Club has created over 150 permanent jobs in the city, the vast majority of which have been filled by local people.
The restaurants at the Club will bring two new dining options to the city centre of Sheffield, in the form of the Fahrenheit Bar and Grill and the Hou Mei Asian café, which is open 24 hours a day.
The Fahrenheit Bar and Grill is the larger of the two restaurants with space for 160 diners. The premium restaurant is so named because of the unique Josper Grills used in the preparation of some of the dishes, which can reach temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
The second restaurant at the Club is the Hou Mei Asian cafe, with a pan-Asian inspired menu. This is the first time that Genting, whose parent company is based in Malaysia, has bought the Hou Mei brand to the UK. Hou Mei translates simply as “delicious dish”.
Genting Club Sheffield is the first venue that Genting, the UK’s largest casino operator, has opened in Yorkshire.
General Manager at the Club, Kath Barton, says; “We are delighted that, after months of hard work spent building the venue, we are now open to the public. Our launch night was a huge success, and of course we were incredibly honoured to have Jessica Ennis as our guest of honour.
“We look forward to welcoming many residents and visitors to Sheffield to the Genting Club over the coming months, whether their visit is to eat, drink, dance or play.”
For more information visit www.gentingclubsheffield.com