PLANS for a new champagne bar in Greenwich town centre have gone flat after the council kicked out a licensing application.
The Black Vanilla Champagne Bar & Gelateria was hoping to open in College Approach in December but its future is now in doubt unless the owners can successfully appeal against the decision.
Councillors on a licensing committee rejected the application because their "saturation policy" for Greenwich town centre requires any new premises license applicants to demonstrate that they "will not add to the cumulative impact experienced."
Spokesman for Black Vanilla, Adam Brown, said: “We strongly disagree with the Council's stance on this matter. We know there is a demand locally for more sophisticated drinking venues where the attraction is the quality rather than the quantity of what is consumed. Given that, we are convinced that Black Vanilla can only have the most positive influence on the area.
“We are shocked to find ourselves in this position after the council granted us permission to change the building's usage and the Police and Fire authorities declared their support to our plans to bring something unique to Greenwich.
“We take responsible drinking very seriously, and have agreed a list of conditions and safeguards with the Police to this effect. We are confident we have grounds for a successful appeal.”
Family-run Black Vanilla, who also run a gelateria and bakery in Blackheath, planned to offer "champagne teas" and "ice cream cocktails" at the new business. While appealing against the decision, they are intending to operate solely as a gelateria at 5 College Approach and have launched an online petition to gather support.