Cafe Dansant coming back to Cleethorpes as council grant approval

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Oct 2017

A stunning proposal to bring Cafe Dansant - once one of the hottest live music venues in Cleethorpes in the early 1900s - has been granted approval by the council.

The original Cafe Dansant was one of Cleethorpes' iconic entertainment venues from the 1930s, through the war years, up to the 1960s.

And it is this excitement and vibrancy that Andrew and Jenny McCluskey want to bring back to the town, by building a new Cafe Dansant on the original site, now home to the Kingsway Kiosks.

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Precedent images taken of the Cafe Birgitta, in Helsinki, which is similar in style to how Cafe Dansant in Cleethorpes will look

Although impractical to recreate the original building in the 21st century, a new equally striking building has been designed by local award winning architects, Hodsons.

Plans for the development were approved seven to two by North East Lincolnshire Council planning committee, despite complaints from local residents of the nearby Winter Garden development, who believed that the new cafe was not in keeping with the overall aesthetic of the seafront, and that the live music would cause disruption.

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Cleethorpes Councillor Matthew Brown came out in favour of the development saying: "I know the area well and I think the plans for a new Cafe Dansant are very impressive, although I would have liked to see the rooftop terrace proposal maintained.

"I appreciate neighbours concerns, but this is a busy part of the town, that plays an important part in key events that are held here, and this is a seaside resort, not a nature reserve."

The Cafe Dansant was opposite the Winter Gardens and closed in 1966

Like its predecessor, the new cafe, is to be an "all-year-round" venue and the indoor seating, for over a 150 people, will have fantastic views over the Humber estuary, the Humber Forts and Spurn Point.

It will also retain the very popular south facing outdoor courtyard area, where people can relax in the sun during the summer months.

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Although not an entertainment centre, the new Cafe Dansant will continue with a series of themed events along with other popular music, dance and cultural events, all-year round.

The plans emphasised the new cafe would be fun "family" venue during the day as well as catering for the local residents. Dog walkers and wildlife enthusiasts will also be welcomed.

Extended opening hours will allow for a variety of menu's, including breakfasts, "lite bites" and snack menu throughout the day and a more extensive evening menu. The ice-cream Kiosk will be extended to include a much larger variety of ice creams and specialities and the venue will be licensed.

An artist's impression of the impressive Cafe Dansant proposal in Cleethorpes

Andy McCluskey, owner of Café Dansant, said: “It’s great news that we can now drive the development forward and we’re looking forward to bringing this exciting venture into the resort. I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the customers and the general public who have shown overwhelming support for this exciting new venture."

Cllr Ray Oxby, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is one of the first elements of the Cleethorpes’ Coastal Communities’ Fund to come forward as part of the £3.8m funding that has been secured.

"The Coastal Communities’ Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund programmes are going to deliver some striking improvements to Cleethorpes, and it’s great to see the first link in the chain in place.”

Lawrence Brown, Chair of Coast NEL, said: From an economic perspective, the benefits and impact of the Café Dansant development, in terms of physical regeneration of the environment, job creation, and the addressing of tourism related objectives are significant and will help contribute to making Cleethorpes an attractive place to work, stay and play.

Work will commence on the new cafe at the end of summer 2018.

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