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Monday, 29 December 2014

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Carlisle restaurant applies for consent to expand

Plans to extend a restaurant in Carlisle city centre have been submitted.

La Mezzaluna photo
La Mezzaluna, Carlisle

La Mezzaluna, on The Crescent, wants to change a former first-floor bedsit into part of the restaurant.

Jane Beesley, from the restaurant, said the wanted to extend to cope with a “lack of space” and “high demand” for more seating.

She said the building’s owner had offered them the chance to use the upstairs empty room.

“It is currently a vacant room and has been used as a bedsit [in the past],” she said.

“It offers unparalleled views of The Crescent and old court buildings and would be a focal point of our business.”

Ms Beesley said the restaurant, which opened in 2001, was a “small, family run” business.

She said they planned to create a doorway from the bar area onto the existing staircase and the first floor toilets would be renovated.

“The dining room has many original features such as doors and window shutters, which we intend to restore to their original character,” she said.

“Our aim is to expand our business and to have the opportunity to employ more staff if we are successful.”

The building which houses La Mezzaluna is listed.

Councillors are expected to make a decision by May.

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