£500,000 café-bar with rooftop terrace to open in Truro before Christmas
A new £500,000 café-bar with a rooftop terrace should open in Truro before Christmas bringing 20 new jobs to the city.
The Loungers Ltd chain was granted a licence yesterday at a Cornwall Council hearing.
Police and other bars in Truro had opposed the licence application but they did not succeed in stopping the plans.
Planning permission had already been granted for the development in the vacant building on Prince’s Street next to Poundland.
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Alex Reilley, managing director of Loungers Ltd, said he had a scheduled opening date of December 18.
His venues serve food and drink in a café atmosphere with book-swaps and board games available for use.
Police in Truro had argued that Truro nightlife was “at capacity” and the opening of the bar would see a rise in anti-social behaviour.
Mr Reilley said: “It was a good hearing. The sub-committee felt we had done enough to demonstrate we would not have an adverse effect on crime and disorder in Truro.”
Mr Reilley agreed to accept a condition that the café-bar would close at 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday rather than at midnight.
The Loungers Ltd contract to take over the building was dependent on the success of the licensing application and now Mr Reilley is looking forward to pressing ahead with the new venue.
He said: “We teed everything up in the hope that the hearing would go well. We can now get the builders in and start recruiting people to work there.”