Popeyes in Nottingham want to stay open until early hours of morning

Popeyes has been open for around 18 months in Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham city centre
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People in Nottingham have reacted to plans for well-known chain Popeyes to extend its opening hours into the early hours of the morning. Popeyes on Upper Parliament Street has submitted an application to Nottingham City Council.

The restaurant, which opened in October 2022, wants to extend its opening hours from 7am to 12.30am Sunday to Thursday as well as Friday and Saturdays from 7am until 2am the following morning. The current hours are 8am to 11am on Mondays and Tuesdays and 8am to midnight Wednesday to Sunday.

Nottinghamshire Live spoke to these people in the city centre who gave their thoughts. Kevin Smith, 59, who was born and bred in Nottingham, said: “It’s all for the students and they’re the ones using these restaurants. There are not many residents round here so it doesn’t really affect me in terms of noise at night.”

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Joe, 62, from Nottingham, said: “There’s no diversity in town, it all smells of fat everywhere you go. It’s hard for older people to use these fast-food chains as it’s all computers to pay with which we don’t know how to use.”

Kerry Eretton, 48, from Nottingham, said: “If people are drinking late at night, then they will be able to get something to eat. Not a lot of people live here so there’s no issues for local residents.”

University of Nottingham student Ali Nameeo, 20, said: “It’s a very good idea and we now have lots of options for food late at night. That’s fantastic news.”

The council has until June 14 to make any recommendations to the Licencing Authority before these new opening times are considered.