The owners of a cafe in Gedling have spoken out about their plans for changing its use from bistro to a mixed cafe and pub which includes decking and outdoor seating.
Wrinkly Lettuce recently introduced outdoor seating as they have a license to sell alcohol and wanted to make the most of their site.
Jan Nutton, 53, took over the bistro with her husband in July, as it had always been a passion of hers to own a business and to cook homemade food from fresh.
The bistro turned bar now offers outdoor seating until 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
The manager has been overwhelmed by the positive community response, she said: “We’ve followed everything in the book, everything is Covid friendly.
“The response to the outdoor seating has been positive, everyone’s loved it, customers think it is great.
“Outside looks a lot better than it did before.
“If it’s cold we give people a throw if they want to sit outside. I want people to be comfortable, it’s quiet and there’s no malice.”
Due to Covid restrictions, the bistro extended the rear to allow for more outdoor seating as customers were unable to sit indoors.
The outside area can sit 26 people and has five picnic benches.
She added: “Outdoor space will help my business as it will allow more customers through the door, this will be seasonal through the summer months.
“I won’t be extending anymore at this point, as I like to consider the neighbours.
“We do respect the neighbours and work with them, the outdoor space really means a lot for business.”
Ms Nutton is concerned the plans might be rejected but remains hopeful their application will be approved by Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee.
She added: “Things have gone through. We’re just waiting for it to be put to the committee, but some neighbours have complained and I don’t want to be penalised for it, we need the extra space.”
“We have workmen sit outside, people dropping in for a quick gin and tonic and then off they go! Everyone loves it.”
“It’s a good area for dogs too we do allow them inside but it’s better for them outdoors.”
“Everyone’s loved it, customers think it’s great.”
Grace Jones, 35, from Arnold, said: “It’s a small thing to others but I bet it’s a big thing for them, I’ve been in there about two times and it’s just a regular cafe with nice staff, I don’t see a problem with outdoor seating unless it’s not safe – which it is.”
The business will find out November 24 2021 if the decking has been approved.
Ms Nutton added: “In the winter it will hardly be used, the outside area is seasonal, we’ve taken this on at the worse time but we’ve been getting back into the swing of things.
“If it doesn’t get opened back up in the summer, I won’t need the surplus of staff.”
Wendy Mitchell, from Carlton who works at the Wrinkly Lettuce, said: “We’re so popular, we need the extra space in the summer.
“It’s perfect for children and it’s a safe environment.”
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