Beer companies’ restaurant clash comes to a head
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.