A Dundee bar and restaurant has launched a fresh bid to serve drinks to customers — after it was ruled revellers could only enjoy a tipple if they buy food.
Upmarket eatery 172 at The Caird has applied to the city’s licensing board for the removal of a condition which means customers can only drink alcohol if they have a meal.
Legal representatives for restaurant boss Cosmo Molinaro are hopeful the new application will be given the go-ahead — despite a similar request being rejected in 2015.
Councillors previously imposed the condition because they ruled the city had an over-provision of premises selling alcohol on its own.
However, that policy has since been called into question — after a sheriff called it “flawed” following a court battle between the council and a supermarket over booze sales.
Janet Hood, who represents Mr Molinaro, said: “The final decision lies with the board but I don’t believe what we are asking for is unreasonable.
“172 at The Caird is only looking to trade in the same manner as any other licensed premises. The venue is a safe place to drink.
“We are hopeful there will be no issue removing the condition, given it is not a requirement at other establishments.
“It wouldn’t be unreasonable for people to have a drink with or without a meal.”
West End councillor Fraser Macpherson previously backed the venue’s bid to have a licence which would allow revellers to drink without eating at the same time.
He said: “We have an awful lot of licensed establishments here in the city.
“But this is a high-quality establishment and although it is in the West End ward, it is in the greater city centre area.
“My main concern is the proliferation of off-licences.
“I’m less concerned about high-quality establishments which are beneficial to the community and visitors to the city.
“I’m certainly less concerned about an application such as this.”
Customers were left confused when The 172 at the Caird closed its doors in December due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
Owner Mr Molinaro had been leasing the business to a third party and got a call “out of the blue” to inform him it had ceased trading.
But the restaurant is now back under his management and reopened last month.
The overprovision policy means there is a presumption against any new premises selling alcohol being granted a licence, unless in the Waterfront area.