Nine Bar has announced it will close for “essential maintenance” after Newcastle United’s game with Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend.
And the announcement via the Sports Bar’s Facebook page has sparked hope of an imminent renaming to Shearer’s Bar.
The decision to change the name from Shearer’s to Nine Bar in June 2013 was one of several controversial decisions under former owner Mike Ashley.
Shearer’s Bar, located at the Gallowgate End of St James’ Park, was opened in 2004 in dedication to club legend and record goalscorer Alan Shearer.
The 51-year-old scored 206 times for his boyhood club but his relationship soured when he sided with the fans in their criticism towards Ashley.
Supporters were outraged at the renaming but after nine years, it is set to be restored to its rightful name following the Saudi Arabian-led takeover.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi revealed Shearer’s Bar would indeed return.
He also confirmed his statue would be moved outside of St James’ Park. Currently, Shearer’s statue is situated on Barrack Road.
Ghodoussi said: “Alan’s statue is moving, that’s happening, getting his spot right next to Sir Bobby (Robson) and Nine Bar will be turned into Shearer’s again.
“We want our ex-players to play a role, to be ambassadors for the club.”
Nine Bar will shut its doors for “essential maintenance” on Monday, March 7 until Friday, March 18.
However, when asked by NewcastleWorld, Newcastle United were unable to confirm if the renaming of Shearer Bar will take place within that period.
Certainly, eagle-eyed fans will be keeping a close eye on the developments before the club’s home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on April 8.