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THE ARTIZAN: Council restrictions cause problems with terrace

THE ARTIZAN: Council restrictions cause problems with terrace

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Owners of a distinctive cocktail bar have cried foul over licensing rules stopping use of their new terrace.

The Artizan, on Roman Road, has attracted punters since opening its doors in 2017.

But, like many others in the hospitality sector, the bar faced a tough 12 months during the pandemic.

Now the Artizan has urged Middlesbrough Council to show sympathy and help them after their bid to open a new terrace until 10pm hit the buffers.

The bar originally believed it was only allowed to open its first floor terraced area until 7pm, and was advised to get a “temporary events notice” (TEN) to open later following talks with council officials.

But the bid to get the temporary pass failed meaning the bar has been forced to cancel bookings, and will lose out on half its space.

A spokesman for the owners said the restrictions were “devastating” with bookings forced to be cancelled.

Earlier this year, bar manager Conor McLeod said the terrace would “blow people’s minds” and would open for longer.

The Middlesbrough bar shared what they called “unfortunate news” on social media this week – saying the non-covid restrictions had been “forced upon them” by the local authority.

Owners said they were keen to find a solution with the council and have received support from the community on reopening this week.

Council officials say the bar will be the subject of a licensing hearing in future.

A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment for the being due to this upcoming hearing.

On Friday, the bar revealed the licensing date had been pushed back – and the owners had been told it couldn’t open the terrace until 7pm as previously hoped.
The owners said this had “effectively stopped the operation of the business”.

Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter


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