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Plans revealed for former Cheltenham nightclub Subtone

The future of a once prominent Cheltenham bar and nightclub could be secured after a planning application was submitted for its change of use.

Subtone originally occupied 115 the Promenade. Picture: Google

A proposal received by Cheltenham borough planners outlines plans transform this basement space of Subtone at 115 Promenade into a Korean restaurant.

The four-floor nightclub, renowned for its impressive piano bar and extending opening hours, closed its doors for the final time on New Year's Eve 2016.

The interior of the basement venue. Picture: THP Chartered Surveyors

In its heyday, the 20-year-old venue was a hugely popular night-time haunt for partygoers and synonymous with the likes of Massive Attack and Chase and Status.

If approved, the basement bar can look forward to different future: one of 'macrobiotic authentic Korean cuisine'.

Aptly named Bap Sang, meaning a table at which Korean meals are enjoyed, the new eatery will provide a naturally gluten free, vegan and vegetarian menu alongside usual meat and fish dishes.

The application also added that the premises will offer probiotic drinks and a variety of teas that are naturally caffeine free with medicinal benefits.

In preparation for opening, the business owners plan to renovate the premise 'up to a high standard with open-plan kitchen, hall, new lighting system, removal of existing bar counter, new reception area (and) new decorations throughout'.

The proposed floorplan of the new restaurant. Picture: Cheltenham Planning

A new reception counter will replace the existing DJ desk area at the front of the hall entrance.

Notes within application suggest a local employment opportunity for a team of five to seven, with the potential to further expand.

In the future, the owners also hint at plans to work closely with the local business community in 'providing healthy yet affordable lunch and dinner services' and sponsorship of local charity events and festivals.

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