Popular bar gets go-ahead for second location

A bistro brand loved by Instagrammers is to expand into Liverpool after winning the support of the city council.

Following the success of its Waterloo location, Eden Cafe and Bistro confirmed in February it would seek to open up a new location on Warbreck Moor in the north of the city. The business offers a stacked menu of lunch classics including pancakes, sandwiches, baked goods, sweet treats and fry-ups.

It can now move forward with a major expansion after securing a premises licence amid concerns raised by a neighbouring nursery.

A bid had initially been lodged with Liverpool Council’s licensing department for the business to secure a premises licence permitting the sale of alcohol from 10am to midnight daily. This would be for the duration of its opening hours seven days a week, however this was reduced to 11pm.

Issues were also raised by the next door Tillymints nursery. Kevin Lancaster, nursery director, had said the proximity to the outdoor seating between both businesses was a “big concern”. The nursery is open from 7.30am to 6pm every weekday for 51 weeks a year, delivering a service it described as “vital for the local community and local economy”.

Karl Barry, agent on behalf of Eden, told a Liverpool Council licensing and gambling sub-committee how acoustic boards of around 30 ft would be put up in a bid to drive sound away from the nursery from the venue. Mr Barry said no vertical drinking would be allowed in the location with table service provided to 60 covers.

The licensing agent added how no live or recorded music would be played and constructive meetings had taken place between representatives from the nursery and Eden. He added, “My client wants to run a family-friendly business.”

The business also seeks to open until 2am on New Year’s Day according to documents made public by the city council ahead of the sub-committee meeting. Mr Barry said if required, Eden would welcome inspection from Ofsted should they wish to visit the premises as his client was “mindful of the situation” it was in next to a childcare setting.

Councillors approved the scheme to go ahead.

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