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Council / Town centre restaurant gets alcohol licence

A LERWICK restaurant has been successful in its application for an alcohol licence.

No 88, on Commercial Street, had its on sales application approved at a meeting of the Shetland licensing board on Monday.

Its core times are for selling alcohol were listed as 11am to 1am Monday to Saturday, and midday to 1am on Sundays.

However its premises licence application says the hours for public service will not cover those hours in full, staying open no later than 10pm unless there are private bookings.

The papers submitted to the board also gave mention of live performances and entry for children and young people.

Council solicitor Keith Adam said the premises was previously licensed under different ownership. Until now customers at No 88 brought their own alcohol.

Considering there was no adverse comments from consultees, Shetland Central member Catherine Hughson proposed that the application be approved.

She said the sector has experienced difficult times during the Covid pandemic and added “it’s important that we continue to support” local businesses.

Meanwhile board vice-chair councillor Stephen Leask said he felt that the restaurant being open “adds to the enhancement of the street”.