Beer com­pa­nies’ res­tau­rant clash comes to a head

The Chronicle - - News - By IAN JOHN­SON Re­porter ian.john­son@reach­ Garry Faw­son, di­rec­tor of Mor­due Brew­ery The lo­ca­tion on Hood Street in cen­tral New­cas­tle

IT plans to open in the next few weeks - but the fate of a Ty­ne­side ‘beer’ res­tau­rant’s li­cence won’t be fully known un­til next year.

Beeron­omy is the brain­child of the team be­hind Mor­due Brew­ery.

A decade in the mak­ing, it will pair food with beer rather than wine.

New­cas­tle Build­ing So­ci­ety’s former Hood Street of­fice is cur­rently be­ing ren­o­vated to house the res­tau­rant, while re­cruit­ment for an an­tic­i­pated 30 jobs is un­der way.

And the venue tweeted this week it hoped to see it open for late Novem­ber. But there’s a twist.

The firm be­hind a ri­val venue is chal­leng­ing New­cas­tle City Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to grant the venue a li­cence.

End­less Stretch LTD, which is in­volved with Harry’s Bar yards away in Grey Street, has chal­lenged the li­cens­ing com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion.

Now the sides are sched­uled to clash at court for a five-day hear­ing next Fe­bru­ary.

A New­cas­tle City Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “End­less Stretch Ltd is ap­peal­ing against the li­cens­ing sub­com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to grant a premises li­cence to Beeron­omy for premises at 3-5 Hood Street.

“The court listed the mat­ter to be heard for a full ap­peal hear­ing on 18 Fe­bru­ary 2019 and listed the hear­ing for five days.”

A di­rec­tions hear­ing at New­cas­tle Mag­is­trates’ Court was held on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 2, for the case, where the Fe­bru­ary date was set.

De­spite mul­ti­ple at­tempts to reach both par­ties, nei­ther have replied for com­ment.

How­ever, End­less Stretch LTD pre­vi­ously op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion when it went be­fore coun­cil­lors last Oc­to­ber.

The firm’s bar­ris­ter ar­gued the pro­posal didn’t com­ply with the coun­cil’s cu­mu­la­tive im­pact area pol­icy on ar­eas with high num­bers of li­censed premises.

But coun­cil­lors passed the plans for brothers Garry and Matt Faw­son’s new venue.

They’ve en­listed the help of renowned chef Rhian Cradock, from Northum­ber­land venue the Feath­ers Inn, to de­sign the menu.

There will even be a beer som­me­lier, with the aim of “teach­ing the peo­ple of the North East about beer and food pair­ings”.

Pre­vi­ously, Garry told the Chron­i­cle the venue had been a “dream for quite some time”.

“It will be some­thing very dif­fer­ent and I hope the peo­ple of New­cas­tle en­joy it,” he said.

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