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Will Sea View Street gain a trendy new bar and restaurant?

PLANS have been submitted to convert the former Cleethorpes HSBC Bank on Sea View Street into a bar and restaurant.

Will Sea View Street gain a trendy new bar and restaurant?

As previously reported, the HSBC bank closed in July, 2016 - blaming the rise of internet and mobile banking.

The change of use plans for the ' heritage asset' building have been submitted by Lincs Design Consultancy, Louth who say in their proposal statement: " The vision for the building is to be a destination venue that slots perfectly into life on Sea View Street, offering guests an amazing all-day dining experience. Transforming the original venue of the bank, whilst still retaining the stunning features within – the visual aspect will not disappoint, and the concept is set to guarantee the future long term success of this significant building on Sea View Street.

The plans show that seasoned hospitality professionals from the Oak Ridge Group would operate the venue. They have over 90 years collective experience in operating hotels, restaurants and bars.

"The current condition of the building means the structural integrity will remain as is, and original features will only be further enhanced in the refurbishment. The aim is to create a professional establishment, complementing the existing foodand drink offerings currently available, whilst offering something a little bit different."

If approved, it is believed the venture will create approximately 20 full and part time positions, boosting employment in the area. The firm hope to create apprenticeship positions to recruit from the younger end of the employment market and provide an opportunity to start a career in the hospitality industry.The proposals also show their policy of sourcing food and beverage stock via local suppliers wherever possible. They also aim to use local contractors during the refurbishment.

The plans also show they wish to use fresh seasonal ingredients, including fish which in a nod to the area would feature prominently on the menu - with "an ever changing - catch of the day - board" alongside prime cuts of steak and vegetarian fare.

The application asks to operate six days a week, taking in brunch, lunch, afternoon teas and dinner. There will also be a great selection of freshly prepared cocktails, gins and craft beers to enjoy seated at a focal central bar area - positioned within the former high ceilinged banking hall.

The front elevation will be largely unchanged apart from the removal of cash machines and reinstating the windows that were historically in place. Signage will be dealt with under a separate application but LDC say it will be dealt with sensitively and in keeping with the architectural theme of the existing facade. The rear elevation will remain unaltered.The building is located within the conservation area.

Existing bars and restaurants in close proximity include; The Nottingham Public House and restaurant, The Agrah Indian Restaurant, Marples Tea Rooms and Tale of Two Bar.

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