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Plans emerge for Gloucester city pub's expansion

A popular city centre watering hole has submitted a proposal to Gloucester City Council to extend its premises.

Currently closed due to the coronavirus lockdown, Cafe Rene Bar and Restaurant on Southgate Street has revealed plans to enlarge its indoor bar area and enhance facilities.

Opened in 2003, Cafe Rene has become a mainstay of the Gloucester pub scene with its frequent live music and DJ nights, locally brewed real ale and cider as well as popular home-cooked food.

The business plans to expand its offering to customers by integrating an area at the rear of the former Nevitts lighting shop into a larger bar trade area.

If approved, the change of use for the underused space from retail to drinking establishment will see the creation of a new bar lounge, function room, cellar and toilets for the pub.

Owners hope the expansion will "enhance the already successful business", securing its long-term existence "to benefit the building and community as a destination for dining and drinking".

Planning paperwork also hints that the project will increase the possibility of further employment for locals.

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