Chester cocktail bar Havana in name change as part of 'refresh' plans

-Credit: (Image: Planning Application)
-Credit: (Image: Planning Application)


A Chester city centre cocktail bar has lodged plans to revamp the venue - including changing the name. The proposals would see Havana Chester on Watergate Street given a "refresh" in a move that would help the premises "remain commercially viable".

A listed building consent application has been submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council for internal alterations and refurbishment to the venue located in a part Grade I and part Grade II listed building. The plans also reveal that the site will be rebranded to a Be at One cocktail bar.

Owners Stonegate Group currently operate a Be at One venue in Liverpool. Havana has been a mainstay of the city centre night scene for years.

The application states: "The proposed internal works include: new bar serveries (x2); removal of walls etc associated with DJ booth and bottle shelves etc and replacement with fixed seating/new structure; new fixed furniture and drinks shelves; new amp store in former kitchen area involving new walls; fixed seating items; fixed drinks shelves; new ‘selfie wall’; new timber wall panelling; new ‘feature wall’; applied gold vinyl graphics to ceiling; new graphic wrap to door apertures; new ironmongery; new flooring; new lighting and electrical fittings; the refurbishment of customer toilets; and redecoration and refurbishment throughout.

"In addition, the application proposals include external lighting, together with remedial works to the external walls and the making good of window frames, together with external repainting, which should be simply viewed as part of the applicant’s on-going maintenance of these elements of these premises.

"Replacement signage is being applied for under separate applications and does not form part of this application. As with all commercial hospitality and leisure facilities such as this, the applicant needs to continually refresh and enhance its customer offer and attraction at this public house, in order to remain commercially viable and the application proposals should be considered within this context.

"The continued commercial viability of these commercial hospitality and leisure premises ensures the continuing maintenance and upkeep of these listed premises for a publicly accessible use."

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