An application from Loungers Limited, a national food and drink operator with a focus on the Continental-in-style café/bistro concept, has been successful in its application for a change of use from Use Class A1 (retail) to use Class A3 (cafe / restaurant) at 274-276 High Street in Bangor.

Loungers Ltd, who currently have over 100 outlets nationwide, aim to create an informal and neighbourhood food-led café/restaurant open all day every day where family, friends, and local residents can meet, eat and drink in a relaxed and comfortable environment. There are also a variety of board games available together with daily newspapers to read and a free neighbourhood book swap facility.

All of Loungers Limited’s operations are similar in terms of location, within suburban areas with strong shopping characteristics. The café/restaurants seek to compliment the main retail function of the area rather than detract from it.

The target client group results in an all seater facility with the focus of operation on food. Whilst there is a selection of beverages including wine and beer, the sales data for other Lounges indicate that the split is in favour of food. There is no takeaway service.

The proposed opening hours would be 08:00 until 23:30 Sunday to Wednesday and 08:00 until 00:30 Thursday to Saturday.

A spokesman for Loungers Ltd said: “We don’t have any information available for the site in Bangor as yet, except that we would hope to open a Lounge there in spring next year.”

Photos: Benito Lounge, Manchester