Andrews Café: Sheffield LGBTQ+ friendly group reveals plans to take over former Chapel Walk tea room
LGBTQ+ friendly collective reveals plans for former tea room near Crucible and Lyceum
and live on Freeview channel 276
Plans have been drawn up to open a 'community' drinks venue in the site of a former popular city centre tea room.
The building on Chapel Walk was home to Andrews Tea Rooms for many years, until the well-known business closed for good after lockdown.
Now, an organisation called Gut Level Ltd wants to convert it into a mixed use venue comprising community venue/drinking establishment.
Gut level describes itself as a not-for-profit community space and collective that aims to provide social and creative opportunities for underrepresented groups in Sheffield, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ people and marginalised genders.
It has submitted a planning application for the project to Sheffield Council.
Until recently, Gut Level operated as a music venue, with profits from gigs and club nights funding workshops, equipment access and a community garden for a community of 1,700+ members.
It aims to create a community in which people can share skills, support and inspire each other and dance.
Gut level is looking to create a members only space. It says in documents which make up part of its application: "In order to minimise disturbance and continue to benefit the marginalised communities who primarily utilise Gut Level Ltd, the organisation are in the process of receiving a member's licence, he benefit of which will minimise who can access the space, by requiring a 48 hour prior signed membership agreement prior to entrance.
"Consequently, all members must adhere to the membership agreement which will reduce the potential for anti-social behaviour."
It plans to provide an inclusive, thriving and diverse place for people with 'protected' characteristics.
Andrews Cafe and Tea room closed down early in 2022, The café, close to Tudor Square and Sheffield’s theatres, had traditionally been popular with theatregoers on their way to shows at the Crucible and the Lyceum, and had run for over 10 years.
Footfall there was described as never returning to pre-lockdown levels.
If the new scheme goes ahead, it will mean another building on Chapel Walk brought into use after the closure.
It would be open until 10pm or 11pm most nights, and until 2am on Friday nights and weekends, according the the plans they are drawing up.