Grounded looking to open new outlet in Henleaze next Spring

January 04 2016
Grounded looking to open new outlet in Henleaze next Spring

Grounded looking to open new outlet in Henleaze next Spring

CAFE bar Grounded is hoping to open a new outlet in Henleaze next Spring.

The cafe bar chain, which has six existing locations across the Bristol area, wants to convert premises on Northumbria Avenue.

The planning application to Bristol City Council has attracted 11 objections.

Grounded say they will offer a café atmosphere in the daytime and an eaterie/bar in the evening, sometimes with live music.

But some local people have objected, citing parking and saying they do not need a new cafe.

One respondent to the planning process said: “Since the introduction of resident’s parking zones, parking in Henleaze has started to become more of an issue.

“This is expected to get considerably worse when parking restrictions are applied to the roads around the Downs.

“There is no provision for parking at the proposed restaurant and therefore local roads will be affected significantly more.

A local cafe owner, who asked not to be named, said: “The addition of another coffee shop will do absolutely nothing to benefit the area.

“The lack of parking in the area is a major concern for residents, and if Cafe Grounded were to open in Northumbria Drive, there would be significant pressure on the already limited parking available on Northumbria Drive and North View.

“We are a family run cafe of 3 years’ standing, and we would not be able to survive if Cafe Grounded were to open in such close proximity to us.”

Other objectors say there are too many cafes already and fears were expressed over the late opening times.

Katie Taylor of Grounded said: “We provide a welcoming haven for local residents: by day, Grounded is bustling café serving locally-roasted coffee and freshly made lunch specials, and by night we serve stone-baked pizzas and seasonal specials, alongside craft beers and ciders from Bath Ales.

“Whether it’s a casual midweek dinner or something more special, our wide-ranging menu has something to suit everyone.

“We have an extensive kids’ menu, and plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Our live music evenings are popular, showcasing the best of Bristol’s up-and-coming talent.

“We are really looking forward to becoming part of the vibrant Henleaze community, and we are confident that Grounded will become a firm fixture in the dailyroutine of the residents. If all goes according to plan, we hope to open in Spring 2016.

“We see Grounded as adding to the thriving coffee and dining scene already present in Henleaze.

“It is certainly not our aim to take business away from local independent businesses - we want to work alongside them to offer something unique to the local residents.

Grounded, if the application goes through, would open from 8am-10.30pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am-11pm Thursday and Friday, 9am-11pm Saturday and 9am-10.30pm Sunday.

They expect to employ 10-15 staff.