Part of a prominent building in Grimsby town centre could be brought back to life after standing empty for three decades.
Number 23-25 Bethlehem Street is known for housing the popular Othello restaurant on the first floor, but the ground floor has been disused since the 1990s. Now, plans have been lodged with North East Lincolnshire Council for it to return as a “functional bar space”.
If approved, the new bar is expected to employ three full-time and two part-time members of staff. The Othello restaurant would continue to operate upstairs.
The restaurant scaled down in the 1990s and stopped using the ground floor. The works proposed would see the 120sq m area converted into smaller, soundproofed rooms.
The result would be a “new and unique bar experience offering something different and exciting to the area”, the application form states. It would serve beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.
Games and entertainment, including board games, would be provided. Occasional entertainment nights would also be held, with the likes of comedy acts and magicians.
“Our goal is to provide a new opportunity for people to come together and enjoy socialising in a different way,” it is stated in the application form.