This is what we know about the Wetherspoon pub set to replace famous Sheffield restaurant

Loyal customers last month bade a sad farewell to the long-running Sheffield restaurant Damon’s

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 9:16 am
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 2:45 pm

The American diner on Sevenairs Road, in Beighton, which traded for nearly 30 years and famously offered guests a free meal on their birthday, closed for good on Sunday, November 24.

JD Wetherspoon is buying the building and plans to open a new bar there, while planning permission has also been granted for a drive-thru Taco Bell Mexican takeaway at the same

Wetherspoon has now applied for a licence for the venue, which would open from 9am-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9am-11pm on other days, with a 1am opening for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Maundy Thursday.

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Damon's restaurant in Beighton, Sheffield, closed in November

However, it could be some time before the pub opens, with a spokesman for the chain saying it still needs to complete on the purchase of the property, which is expected to happen in mid-January.

He said this meant there was not yet any anticipated date for when Wetherspoon would begin work at the site or open the new pub.

The licensing application was received on November 26 and people have until Christmas Eve to submit any comments to Sheffield Council.

Damon’s announced in October that it was closing, saying it was doing so with ‘great sadness and a heavy heart’.

Sheffield councillor Chris Rosling-Josephs, who sits on the city’s planning board which granted permission to turn the premises into a pub, previously said he was ‘absolutely furious’ at the way the move was handled as he claimed there there had been no mention of selling the business.