Cocktail bar and restaurant applying for later opening hours

A cocktail bar and restaurant in Bristol is set to make its case for later opening hours in the face of community opposition.

Lost and Found on Queen’s Road in Clifton has applied to stay open until 1.30am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and until 12.30am Sundays through Wednesdays.

It gained planning permission for the later closing times in April after a council investigation cleared it of operating as a bar outside the terms of its planning consent.

Now the self-described “cocktail bar and restaurant” on the Triangle is seeking the separate licensing approval it needs before it can start to stay open later.

New coronavirus measures aimed at curbing the spread of infection mean it cannot open past 10pm for the time being, at least.

But if Bristol City Council approves the new hours next week, it will eventually be able to stay open up to 1.5 hours later than its current licence allows.

Neighbours have previously complained that the venue’s patrons already keep them awake late into the night.

Objections to the planning application earlier this year claimed Lost and Found served alcohol until the early hours, and that customers kept residents awake by singing, shouting, fighting and having sex and urinating in public.

But Lost and Found told the planning committee: “The short extension to the opening hours are proposed to allow a later sitting of diners in the restaurant and for customers to be able to finish their meals.

“The management plan proposed will continue to safeguard residents’ amenity and ensure that the restaurant continues to operate without any impact to them.”

Objections to the licensing application to be heard next week include one from Clifton councillor Paula O’Rourke and another from the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society.

Cllr O’Rourke, who also objected to the planning application, said she intends to speak at the licensing hearing.

Lost and Found cannot legally operate as a bar as its planning consent allows restaurant use only.

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Its current licence allows it to open until 11:30pm on Mondays through Thursdays, until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 11pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The licensing hearing is due to be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 1.

The meeting will start at 10am and will be broadcast live on YouTube.

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