Bar plans for former sweet shop

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Heartbreaking Statement -

A former sweet shop in the city cen­tre could soon do a dis­ap­pear­ing act, to be­come a ‘magic’ bar.

It fol­lows the grant­ing of plan­ning per­mis­sion for the change of use of Benji’s in St Peter’s Street to a new en­ter­tain­ment venue.

Hou­dini’s Magic Bar is the brain­child of Sam Wat­son, who al­ready runs a sim­i­lar busi­ness in Broad­stairs.

On Tues­day, he suc­cess­fully ap­plied to the council’s plan­ning com­mit­tee for the new use, although will still need sep­a­rate ap­proval for a drinks li­cence.

Mr Wat­son says the bar will “add to the the­atre and cul­ture” of the area and in­sists it is not sim­ply a late-night drink­ing venue.

“The con­cept of the magic bar is unique and has at­tracted lots of tourism to Broad­stairs in the time we have been open,” he said.

“We will pro­vide live magic en­ter­tain­ment to our cus­tomers on a small scale while peo­ple en­joy a so­phis­ti­cated bev­er­age.”

In or­der to ap­pease res­i­dents who live nearby, the bar will close at 11pm ev­ery night, with Mr Wat­son stress­ing it will not give rise to the is­sues nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with a drink­ing es­tab­lish­ment.

Benji’s sweet shop is set to be­come a bar

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