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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Carlisle bar owner in talks over second outlet

A bar owner in Carlisle is hoping to expand his business.

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Sam Norman

Sam Norman, who owns The Shabby Scholar in Carlyles Court, wants to get a premises licence for an empty unit in the same courtyard – between Fisher Street and St Mary’s Gate.

Sam said it would the “same kind of concept” but in a new location.

“I’m trying to cash in now while I’m still busy,” he explained. “I am in the process of negotiating a lease as I am looking to expand .”

The new unit, which used to be a bridal shop, would be called Scholars Corner.

Sam, 26, said: “I want to put a bar in and an open kitchen and it would also give us some more space to store things.

“We’ll have tables and chairs in there and the idea is to serve food – it would basically be a tweak on the current Shabby menu.”

Pizzas, stack burgers and tapas in the evening are just some of the ideas Sam has for the new unit. He hopes to open by August and catch some of the summer trade.

“I know these things take time and it takes a while to get leases and licences sorted but it would be good if I could open before then,” he said. “There are lots of hurdles to get over but I’m hoping there will be no objections. It would give us a chance to increase our revenue and have some extra storage space.”

Sam, a university graduate, opened the Shabby Scholar in January 2013 and now runs one of the busiest bars in Carlisle.

He said: “We’ve done really well since we opened. We’re fully booked now on Saturday nights until November and on Friday nights until October.”

The Shabby Scholar takes its name from its close proximity to the University of Cumbria and the fact that its decor is “shabby chic”.

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