The homeowners of the nightclub the place widespread Sam Prepare dinner was tragically stabbed to demise wish to re-open it as a household restaurant with hermetic safety.

Bosses of the previous Empire nightclub stated security shall be a “key precedence” if the premises re-opens and promised to hold out knife checks at what shall be a “food-led” institution.

The enterprise homeowners have already designed a brand and menu for the restaurant, which they plan to name Bohemia.

However on Wednesday they had been pressured to place their plans on maintain after a licensing utility urged it might re-open as the identical membership the place Sam Prepare dinner tragically misplaced his life whereas celebrating his 21st birthday in October final 12 months.

As we speak a authorized consultant on behalf of the homeowners clarified that the intention was by no means to run a membership however to open a “good restaurant a bit just like the Alchemist.”

Paul Barrow of Quinn Barrow solicitors stated: “The applying for a Premises License was submitted on 25th September 2018 and was made 12 months after the earlier license had been revoked.

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“The applying is for a totally totally different venue and kind of operation. It was emphatically not an utility to reinstate the identical venue as beforehand operated.

“Representations had been acquired from Merseyside Police and the native Residents Affiliation and having thought-about these it has been determined to withdraw the appliance to additional seek the advice of with them.



Sam Cook was killed in Empire in October
Pictured is Sam Prepare dinner

“They (the homeowners) had been completely devastated and really a lot affected by tragic occasions that led to the homicide of Sam prepare dinner. One of many administrators was in tears once they discovered.

“They don’t seem to be scallywag night time membership homeowners. They wish to open a pleasant household restaurant, a bit just like the Alchemist. “

Liverpool’s Licensing Committee agreed with Merseyside police on November 20 final 12 months that Empire posed a threat to public security and revoked the license.

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Law enforcement officials informed the ECHO on the time that Empire gave the impression to be turning a blind eye to organised crime teams and that the membership had “insufficient” buyer entry and search procedures.

Floral tributes left outdoors Empire following the demise of Sam Prepare dinner


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Mr Barrow strongly disputed this – however stated he recognised that if a brand new venue was to function it must be a totally totally different operation.

Plans for the restaurant embrace a “tranquil backyard”, a balcony for personal eating and reside leisure together with Mediterranean influenced music.

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These particulars weren’t included within the authentic licensing utility, resulting in residents, police and councillors expressing security considerations.

However addressing these considerations, Mr Barrow confirmed that their detailed plans included hiring a prime Manchester safety firm ran by two former Law enforcement officials to work the door of restaurant.

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He stated: “The tradition of the operation (as a restaurant) won’t entice knives however there completely shall be safety in place. Security shall be a precedence.



Police presence outside Empire in Liverpool city centre
Police presence outdoors Empire in Liverpool metropolis centre

However addressing these considerations, Mr Barrow confirmed that their detailed plans included hiring a prime Manchester safety firm ran by two former Law enforcement officials to work the door of restaurant.

He stated: “The tradition of the operation (as a restaurant) won’t entice knives however there completely shall be safety in place. Security shall be a precedence.



Empire Bar (centre), on Seel Street.
The homeowners of Empire Bar on Seel Road wish to re-open with a venue with a distinct really feel

“We could have new employees, new safety, a brand new supervisor and can give the area a whole refurbishment.

He added: “It would don’t have anything to do with earlier venue. The realm is crying out for a pleasant restaurant.”

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The brand new detailed plans for the venue shall be re-submitted after additional session.

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