14:43 Friday 27 December 2013

Ta Bouche's plans to come to Ely move one step closer

Written byJORDAN DAY

The former Maltings Restaurant in Ely's Riverside. The former Maltings Restaurant in Ely's Riverside.

Ambitious plans to give a troubled restaurant in Ely a new lease of life have moved one step closer.

It was in July that bosses at popular Cambridge bar and eatery Ta Bouche expressed an interest in taking over the restaurant at The Maltings.

The firm applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council to erect new signage at the venue, in Waterside - plans which were later approved.

Now the company has submitted more detailed proposals to turn the facility into a restaurant and cocktail bar, with the bar opening until 2am.

If approved, the takeover would also involve creating new outdoor seating areas and a children’s play area.

In a statement to the council, the applicant’s agents said: “My clients plan to open a restaurant and cocktail bar with extensive outdoor seating in two areas.

“The outdoor seating area to the back of the building will be identified as a children’s area during the day and a play zone will be provided.

“A demand has been identified for a successful food and drink venue along the river walk through the day and evening.

“The area is used by many tourists and families during the day. Ely does not many late night venues and so a cocktail bar until 2am is proposed.

“General refurbishment is required throughout the ground floor.”

Two separate proposals have been submitted. One involves installing a new extraction system, creating an outdoor play and seating area to the rear (complete with awnings, seating, play equipment and fencing), an awning to the front, railings and decking with associated lighting and heating.

The other proposals involve creating a new opening and double doors to the building’s rear elevation, making internal alterations to the ceiling and to the layout of the toilet area.

Residents have been calling for action over the former restaurant for some time now.

The 120-seat facility has been closed since autumn 2012 and before that it was only open to the public for a few months in the year.

A decision on Ta Bouche’s plans could be made within eight weeks. Visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk to have your say.

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