OWNERS of a Scarborough cafe and bookshop are raising a glass after it was handed an alcohol licence.
Taylors’ Cafe and Books, in Bar Street, had applied to serve wine, spirits and bottled beers between 11am and 11pm seven days a week.
Scarborough Council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday granted the application on the strict basis the venue must maintain its position as a cafe and restaurant and not deviate into a bar.
Council bosses also ordered owners to surrender the licence if the business ceased to trade and added people could only drink if they were seated at a table.
Bottled beers will be served in a glass under the agreement.
However, an exception was made for any organised events including creative writing workshops and author visits, which would have to be confirmed at least 48 hours in advance.
The application was passed despite fears from North Yorkshire Police that it could bring about an increase in town centre drinking within the authority’s cumulative impact area.
However, owner Graham Taylor spoke at the hearing in Scarborough Town Hall to alleviate such worries.
He said: “The last thing we want is to cause any more problems for the cumulative impact area and our clients are not the type to go running off down Bar Street and causing trouble.
“We will have a number of literary events at the venue and the purpose of having a licence would allow us to make those events more sociable.
“It would put us at a commercial disadvantage if we did not have the licence.
“The sale of alcohol will be secondary to food and tea and coffee.”
Mr Taylor said the licence would add to the business’ kudos, likening the venue to the famous Betty’s Tea Room outlets.
He added: “It is quite a classy place and we want it to be Scarborough’s version of Betty’s Tea Rooms in York.
“We don’t want people drinking from beer bottles or have beer pumps, that might seem snobbish but it is something we want.”