Bar and restaurant boom in Truro as high street evolves
Truro’s nightlife is booming with bars and restaurants flocking to the city.
The long-awaited Sam’s in the City will open at the end of the month and the £500,000 Loungers on Prince’s Street will be up and running before Christmas.
They will come on the back of the opening of the New York grill style Mustard and Rye on Calenick Street and the cocktail bar The Nightjar on Old Bridge Street.
The number of outlets in the city has reached a point where the police automatically opposed a license for Loungers, fearing an increase in anti-social behaviour, but failed to convince councillors of their case.
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A commercial property manager in Truro said the expansion in eateries and drinking holes was a sign of things to come with many other bars and restaurants looking to set up shop in Truro.
Mike Nightingale from Miller Commercial said the increased numbers of bars and restaurants in the city have “come to the rescue” of the high street.
He said: “I can tell you there are firm plans for more in the pipeline. As an agency we receive regular enquiries from national chains and independent restaurant and bar businesses keen to get a foothold in Truro.
“That’s because those businesses have done their research and they know the high street isn’t dying, it’s evolving.”
Mr Nightingale pointed to research from Local Data Company which showed high street vacancies in towns like Truro falling from 15 per cent to just under 12 per cent.
He said: “I would agree that certainly in Truro the restaurants and bars have come to the rescue of the high street. Especially in the case of Loungers and Mustard and Rye, where the buildings had been empty for years.
“We know many high street retailers have suffered severe drops in sales because of online shopping. But people still want to get out of the house. So what do they do rather than shop? Meet friends for lunch or a drink – do some kind of leisure activity to fill the hours they previously would have spent shopping.”