British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) licensee of the year 2007 Maxine Blake has taken control of Barracuda's latest bar opening, a £1.6m site in Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
The 25th Barracuda bar to open in the UK, and the 217th site for Barracuda Group opened last week.
The Smith & Jones and Varsity operator, which won a Catey in 2006, has plans to open a further 30 pubs this year.
Blake said: "It was a fantastic opening night and excellent first weekend, really busy and it's definitely the biggest thing to have happened to Brighouse for a long time."
Last month it was revealed that Barracuda saw a 3% rise in sales in December, while the majority of rival operators had struggled to boost sales as beer volumes declined and customers felt the impact of the credit crunch.
By Christopher Walton
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