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New pop-up bar could come to Ipswich Waterfront

PUBLISHED: 12:15 30 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 31 December 2018

An application has been put in for a new licence at The Gallery, near Isaacs Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

An application has been put in for a new licence at The Gallery, near Isaacs Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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An application has been submitted to turn a former art gallery on Ipswich Waterfront into a late-night entertainment spot.

Anthony Coe of The John Russell Gallery retired in January 2018. Photo: Wayne SavageAnthony Coe of The John Russell Gallery retired in January 2018. Photo: Wayne Savage

Jack Coughlan, who currently runs the Gardeners Arms, submitted the application which proposes to supply alcohol, regulated entertainment and late-night refreshments at the former John Russell Gallery.

The art gallery previously occupied 4-6 Wherry Quay, situated behind the newly revamped Dockside Deli which opened in November as part of the Isaacs complex.

Manager Jack Coughlan said: “We are applying for an all encompassing Premises Licence to cover all eventualities. We have already obtained full planning permission which extends the uses of the previous Art Gallery but our plans are very fluid at present.

“The Gallery as an example may be offered as a pop up bar or private hire.”

Anthony Coe, George Melly and Colin Moss at The John Russell Gallery in Ipswich which closed this last year and looks set to provide late-night entertainment. Photo: ContributedAnthony Coe, George Melly and Colin Moss at The John Russell Gallery in Ipswich which closed this last year and looks set to provide late-night entertainment. Photo: Contributed

The space will be run as a separate business which will add to the offerings of the Isaacs complex.

Mr Coughlan continued: “I am very excited about the prospect of running this new business – it will be a challenge but an exciting one.”

The new licence application suggests the late night spot could open from 7am everyday and close at 1am Monday to Wednesday, an hour later on Thursdays, and at 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. An earlier closing time of 11pm is proposed for Sundays.

The application states there will be no outdoor music after 11pm because of the residential nature of the area.

The John Russell Gallery closed in January this year when owner Anthony Coe retired after more than 40 years of showcasing contemporary art at the Waterfront.

Since it was purchased in 2004 by Aidan Coughlan the Isaacs complex has expanded its offerings and now provides takeaway food, bars, restaurants and even a wedding venue within the historic building.

Representatives for the council said they were aware of the application and would comment further as soon as more information came available.

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