PLANS to open a new champagne bar in Greenwich town centre have been put on ice but the owners say they remain "committed" to the concept.
Black Vanilla Champagne Bar & Gelateria planned to open in College Approach but the council turned down their application for a premises license.
The owners announced they would appeal against the decision and gathered almost 150 signatures on a petition of support, but no appeal was lodged before the deadline expired last week.
After a series of delays to the opening, the owners say the new ground floor gelateria will open this week while plans for a fresh premises licence application are prepared. A spokesperson told Greenwich.co.uk:
"Black Vanilla SE10 will be opening for business on Tuesday 24 January 2012 at 5 College Approach. Following Greenwich Council's decision not to grant them an alcohol licence, the owners have decided to proceed in opening without alcohol on the menu for the time being.
"Black Vanilla remains committed to Greenwich and their original concept, and will be exploring all options to deliver a full service in the future."
Black Vanilla also run a gelateria and "boutique bakery" in Blackheath.