New restaurant in licence bid

The former Hastings building, on Hastings Place, Lytham, which looks set to become The Istanbul Grill.

The former Hastings building, on Hastings Place, Lytham, which looks set to become The Istanbul Grill.

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AN abandoned restaurant looks set to be given a new lease of life as a town’s first Turkish eaterie.

The Istanbul Grill wants to open in the former Hastings building, in Lytham, which closed down suddenly last year and has lain empty ever since.

But new owner Hazan Ozkanca wants the Hastings Place restaurant to stay open until 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays - and that has angered residents in the largely residential area.

And now the premises is facing a licence hearing to decide whether it should be granted the late opening it wants, or if it will be forced to adhere to the previous closing time of 11.30pm.

Dozens of residents have written to Fylde Council to complain, after also objecting when the former private members club was first turned into a public venue.

Andrew Stell, from Fylde Council’s planning department, said in a statement to the licensing panel: “The Enforcement Notice was introduced, and included those hours, as a consequence of the site being located in a largely residential area outside the town centre.”

One resident said they do not object to the licence if the rules are the “same as before”.

The hearing will take place at St Annes Town Hall on Thursday, at 10am.