The doors of a glitzy new cocktail bar have opened in Ramsgate tonight (December 24).
Ronnies is the latest venture for businesswoman Charlotte Silver, who also runs Silvers in Margate which houses a bar and events space upstairs and her dance school downstairs.
The entrepreneur has named the Ramsgate bar in honour of her grandad, Ronnie.
Charlotte’s grandad ‘Popsy’, brought her up but sadly passed away when she was 13. He had inspired and encouraged her to dance from her first lessons at the age of 3.
At 18 she inherited money and invested it by opening Silver Slipper dance school.
A talented dancer herself, when she was 16 Charlotte was chosen by Jennifer Ellison for a scholarship in her performing arts school in Liverpool.
Sadly for Charlotte a back injury ended her dancing career and meant she had to undertake gruelling operations to remove fluid from her spine.
Instead she turned her attention to business and her ventures, which have a sparkly trademark theme, have grown in success.
Ronnie’s is based at the former Café Roma part of The Oak Hotel on Ramsgate harbour. Thorley Taverns completed the sale of the freehold of the site to isle businessman Dayne Gooding in October.
It is being marketed by Miles & Bar as separate units, including the hotel and former Restaurant 66.
Charlotte said: “Ronnie’s is mainly about the cocktails although at the end of January we plan to do tea/coffee and snacks during the day.
“In the summer, it will be the perfect location outside for a drink in the sun overlooking the harbour.
“Ronnie’s is a sit down, chill out bar and we will work together with all the bars that are here already. With the site being marketed as five units it gives businesses a real opportunity.”
Charlotte has taken on three staff for the venture.
The 24-year-old is supported by husband Jack. The pair organised this year’s Christmas tree and light switch on event in Margate.