WEYMOUTH’s waterside restaurant, Catch at the old Fishmarket, has asked for its opening hours to be flexible to accommodate more customers.
The business, above the Weyfish shop, says the 10pm closing condition, made in 2020, is no longer suitable for the successful venue and that it would like to remain open until midnight.
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An application, in the name of Mr. Sean Cooper, says the business was opened in June 2021 to provide a fine dining experience for locals and visitors. In the request to Dorset Council to change the hours, Mr Cooper says:
“Since opening we have negotiated the ongoing covid risk and as the council dug the road we continued to create 12 full time jobs.
“The restaurant entered the Michelin Guide and continues to attract rave reviews from the national press.
“The original state limited the opening to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the interests of neighboring amenities. The success of Catch has led us to introduce an 8-course tasting menu that makes diners linger for a period The above restriction means that we cannot meet the demand of our growing clientele.We also have requests for reservations from the restaurant for birthdays and anniversaries.This condition limits our ability to meet this need.
Our neighbors to the south and north are bustling pubs on the quays (The George and The Ship) and ahead of us is the harbour. Our neighbors in the back are a resident who is very supportive of our business and a vacation rental/airbnb property.”
“We would like the condition to be changed at 00:00 from 22:00. As a gourmet restaurant, our prices are high and our clientele reflects this. number of people leaving the restaurant later will be very low.
Public comments on the proposed schedule changes close on June 5 with application reference – 2022/02765. Further details can be found on the council’s website.