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Restaurant on former cinema site finally cleared for opening

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

The Ritz, in Guild Street

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A NEW restaurant and function suite in Burton which has been hit by a series of setbacks has finally been given the go-ahead to open by police.

Owners of The Ritz, which has transformed the site of the former Robins Cinema, in Guild Street, appear to have cleared the final hurdle after being granted a premises licence.

Its opening had been thrown into doubt after the original licence application was blocked by Staffordshire Police, which felt sufficient conditions were not in place to prevent disorder at the venue.

However, the owners and police have now thrashed out a deal which is set to allow it to open on June 20.

The site’s owners, the Sandhu family, have been forced to concede substantial ground to satisfy police chiefs it will not be a hotbed for trouble.

Plans to include a nightclub in the revamped building had to be abandoned, while hopes of staying open until 3am have also been scuppered.

Under the revised terms, the restaurant will close at midnight between Sunday and Thursday and an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

The larger function room at the rear of the site will be allowed to remain open half an hour longer, closing at 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Staff must undergo training in a bid to prevent underage drinking, while CCTV will also be installed.

Jennifer Mellor, licensing officer at Staffordshire Police, said: “We have worked with the applicant and his legal team, sat down and negotiated a brand new set of conditions, including revised opening hours which are acceptable to both the police and the applicant.

“The original application was for the venue to remain open until 3am so we have made inroads. We can’t say with certainty there will be no disorder, it is a licensed premises, but we have managed to ensure tangible conditions are attached to it. Hopefully it will be a successful venue.”

Manager Ranjit Sandhu said: “We are obviously happy we have been granted a licence. Hopefully everything is in place now, that was the final aspect.”

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