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Popular Cleethorpes deli gets green light to open earlier for the breakfast rush

A popular Cleethorpes restaurant and deli is set to become more food-focused - opening two hours earlier to hit the breakfast rush.

Popular Cleethorpes deli gets green light to open earlier for the breakfast rush

Folk Kitchen and Deli, which is owned by the people behind the popular Copper and original People Bar and Kitchen, will now open two hours earlier at 8am and close one hour earlier at 11pm Monday to Saturday and open 10am to 11pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Plans to alter the Cambridge Street restaurant's opening hours were approved by North East Lincolnshire Council at a planning committee meeting in Grimsby - despite being opposed by four close neighbours.

The building was formerly home to Society, under the same ownership.

Owner Brett Smith said: "We've taken all the sport, all the music, and all the film from the business and we've smartened up the courtyard - we had to change the layout in order to make it a restaurant and get the seating we need.

"The reason I've asked for the alterations and the change in hours is that we need to open at 8am because we are a deli - we sell fresh meats and cheeses and breads, all those things that we're there cooking in the morning - and we want to capture that market."

Mr Smith, who made the change of hours application to NELC, also applied to amend the layout of the site by carrying out internal and external alterations to the building.

Folk Kitchen and Deli has reinstated a double door opening at the rear of the building, laid a new decking area at its rear, removed a partition in the rear courtyard and altered seating arrangements in the outdoor area.

The use of the re-vamped courtyard was approved subject to a 12 month trial period.

Councillor Iain Colquhoun (Cons) said: "I think from past experience we can see that this applicant is the past master at using small spaces to best advantage - because there really isn't very much space there - but I have to say I was quite pleased to see how everything has been managed to put in there and it is an attractive proposition.

"I think the problems that the planning officers had were genuine concerns of the neighbours but considering the applicant is happy and willing to put a temporary condition will be extremely helpful - I am eager to support it."

The restaurant now has seating for 40 customers and hopes to focus on food rather than sport, film, and music.

Croft Baker councillor Matthew Brown, who moved to approve to the application, said: "As ward councillor I was concerned about residents being concerned about the associated noise, so I am delighted that Mr Smith has taken upon himself to amend the business because this change of use is ensuring that noise is drastically reduced."

Cllr Ian Lindley, added: "I think this is an excellent step forward in this area I think clearly this area now is developing into quite a nice area in terms of what's available in the night time economy.

"I think the owner has demonstrated in the past that he's willing to listen to concerns and compromise, and he's listened well with residents and the council in terms of making sure that everything in place is appropriate and he's bent over backwards to ensure that he will do as much as he possibly can to make sure everybody's happy.

"It's great to see something of this nature in this particular area - the area is crying out for small businesses like this and I think the owner should be commended."

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