North­ern Quar­ter goes East

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHRISTY BYRNE & KATE LALLY [email protected]­i­tymir­ @ByrneChristy

ANEW Asian cafe and cof­fee shop will soon open in South­port’s North­ern Quar­ter. Sefton Coun­cil has given the go-ahead to plans for the new ven­ture at 653 Lord Street.

The cafe will be on the for­mer site of a hair sa­lon, be­tween Vape Sa­loon and Spe­cial­ist Beer Shop.

Other busi­nesses in the vicin­ity in­clude a mix of bars, restau­rants and con­ve­nience stores.

This end of Lord Street has be­come known as the North­ern Quar­ter - since mil­lions of pounds has been in­vested to cre­ate new busi­ness and make the area thrive.

Among them are the Bold Ho­tel, Peaky Blin­ders and Punch Tarmeys.

Ac­cord­ing to plan­ning doc­u­ments, the new venue will sup­ply Asian goods, “spe­cial­ity teas and hand­made cof­fees”.

There will be hot food as well as cakes and snacks, with space for 16 din­ers.

The bulk of the foods will be pur­chased and re­heated at the front of the shop, while some cook­ing will be done in the kitchen.

Ap­proved open­ing hours are Mon­day to Sun­day, 9am-9pm.

As the north­ern end of Lord Street con­tin­ues to flour­ish, the Visiter asked res­i­dents for their thoughts on the new ad­di­tion, and to see what they wanted to see ap­pear next.

Ju­dith Ab­bott said: “Am I happy with this ad­di­tion? My good­ness, I would just love to see Lord Street and the whole of South­port, come to that, with ev­ery shop, cafe, bar etc oc­cu­pied and busy again.

“Let’s just get out there and sup­port these busi­nesses.”

Lisa Car­lin-White said: “Some of the units are too big for small in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers, the risk is too high.

“What do I think we are miss­ing? “Wok and go noo­dle style restau­rant, street food style in­door restau­rant, the in­door mar­ket is a sham­bles, get that right and small busi­nesses will flour­ish and need to move to big­ger premises.” Scott Orm­rod said: “A cat cafe for sure. “South­port needs to move with the times.”

An Asian cafe is com­ing to Lord Street’s north­ern end

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