A two-tier restaurant is coming to St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes, though is subject to a number of conditions including on opening hours.

A long-disused charity shop store will be transformed into a two-storey restaurant.

The former home of British Heart Foundation at 2-4 St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes, has cut a garishly red sorry figure of disuse for a number of years. In 2020, planning permission was granted for building changes to allow it to become the base for a restaurant and it has already had a marked outward improvement in appearance.

A North East Lincolnshire Council licensing sub-committee has now approved a licence for the restaurant, which will be able to sell alcohol. The restaurant is subject to a number of conditions, including a strict closing time of 11pm, except New Year's Eve when it can close at 1am. Doors and windows are also to be shut after 10pm except for entry and exit of customers.

Cllr David Hasthorpe, chair of the committee, said in summing up the decision: "Firstly, may I say that the committee applaud the opening of a new exciting restaurant for Cleethorpes and the surrounding area, and wish them every success with their new venture. It is refreshing to see that both parties are both reasonable and amendable."

The decision only went up to councillor level due to four objections made against the move, or seeking conditions imposed. Concerns focused on alcohol-linked anti-social behaviour and the proposed opening hours, when close to Cleethorpes residential areas.

The applicant Dadas 25 Ltd wanted to be able to sell alcohol from midday until midnight on Sunday to Thursday. It also hoped to serve food until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and alcohol until 1am on those days, and recorded music until at least midnight each night.

"I feel a restaurant business venture is perfectly acceptable, but this application for late night amplified music serving alcohol moves it away from a restraunt to something else entirely," said one objector. Three of the representations made suggested earlier cut-off points for the sale of alcohol and two to only permit that with sit-down meals.

The councillors approved the restaurant's licence but took into account these suggested conditions. However, Cllr Hasthorpe did stress when announcing the committee's decision the option of temporary event notices for the restaurant. These allow for opening times to vary from normal for special occasions.

As well as a significant list of CCTV-related requirements, other conditions agreed as a result of the input of Humberside Police's licensing department include:

  • Signage requesting customers respect residents and leave quietly

  • Alcohol only sold to people as part of a table meal, and substantial food to be available whenever it is open

  • No dancefloor and no takeaway service, though diners may take home leftovers from table meals

Besides restricted opening times, the restaurant will also not be allowed to dispose of bottles between 9pm and 8am.

Taken from the Grimsby Telegraph