Decision due on licence for late night bar at Sheffield's former Yankees restaurant

Sheffield Council is due to make a decision on whether to grant a licence for a new lounge cafe at the site of the former Yankees restaurant.

Friday, 8th October 2021, 4:00 pm
Updated Monday, 11th October 2021, 4:01 pm

Saeed Ibrahimi wants to sell alcohol alongside fresh juices and smoothies and food including tapas, cheese boards and grilled dishes at Lounge on 418 Ecclesall Road following requests from customers.

He said: "I care about my neighbourhood and I care about my customers. I want them to have everything in one place."

But there have been representations from 13 interested parties including several objections from local residents who were concerned about alcohol sales and opening hours.

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The former Yankees restaurant.

The Environmental Protection Service and South Yorkshire Police asked for a number of conditions on the licence including that outside dining or drinking should end by 9pm.

A decision by the council was due in September but the meeting was deferred and will now take place on Tuesday, October 12 from 10am.

A planning application was also submitted for the site which has received eight objections and six letters of support so far.

Nearby Nando’s said: “It’s a great location especially when it has a big seating area, Sheffield needs something different. Everyone is doing the same thing but this would attract so many people from different cities.”

K2 Proctor Hair Work said: “I think it’s the best thing that’s going to happen on this road. It’s a healthy style bar, not just alcohol, they are doing exotic fruit platters and fresh smoothies. The outside would be a good idea as it’s good size. I’ll definitely be trying it once it’s open.”

One resident, who objected, said: “There are families with young children, people who need to rise early for work and also students and the extra noise this will create into the early hours will impact on a good quality of sleep and tranquillity, which we are all entitled to."

Another Thompson Road resident said: “There is unsociable behaviour already outside late night venues on Ecclesall Road, namely noise, fights, arguments, urinating in the street and taxis waiting by junctions.”

Mr Ibrahimi said they have since changed their plans and will reduce their closing hours from 1am to 11pm.