A troubled Newcastle bar has launched a new licensing bid after being closed by the council due to Covid-19 concerns.
Glass House, on Dean Street, was shut down in October following concerns that it wasn't "Covid secure".
The city centre venue had previously been stripped of its licence in May, after complaints from city authorities over noise, "ineffective" management, and fears over children’s safety.
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Now Glasshouse Steakhouse Limited has submitted a new application for a premises licence to Newcastle City Council.
The application says the site will “operate as a steakhouse restaurant” and be a “predominantly food-led venue”.
It is requesting a licence for live and recorded music, late night refreshment and the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises only Monday to Thursday 11am-11pm and Friday to Sunday 11am-midnight.
The application says: “The premises shall operate as a steakhouse restaurant and there will be no change to the brand or operating style without prior written notice to the licensing authority and Northumbria Police.
“A substantial food offering will be available at all the times the premises are trading.”
It says all patrons will be seated and recorded music “will be played at the premises at a level to allow our customers to talk in comfort”.
The application adds, “Although the application has applied for until closing time, the premises will never have live music to those timings.
“The live music will never be in the form of DJs etc. It may be live singers to accompany diners.”
It also said there would be a a working CCTV system, sufficient staff training, a maximum of 50 people at any one time in the terraced area and that “no noise from the premises shall cause unreasonable disturbance to the occupiers of neighbouring premises”.
The bar closed in October after a council spokesperson said they were "not convinced" that the premises were Covid secure.
At the time the venue said the reasons behind the closure were "untrue" and that it had worked "tirelessly" to ensure the venue was complying with all regulations.
It was previously stripped of its licence in May that year, after Newcastle City Council bosses had complained that the bar’s management repeatedly ignored orders to stop playing loud music, while also offering cheap drinks deals and free shots.
The council insisted the bar failed to fulfil its billing as a quiet wine and champagne bar – instead promoting parties with Geordie Shore and Love Island stars.
But owners launched an appeal against the removal of the licence, arguing they could run the bar safely and responsibly and the Glass House was allowed to trade again while the appeal was in process.
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