City Buzz: New ‘guitar café’ is given the green light in Leeds

Northern Guitars on Call Lane will open a guitar caf� at their site on Call Lane. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Northern Guitars on Call Lane will open a guitar caf� at their site on Call Lane. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

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PLANS to create a new guitar café on Call Lane clearly struck a chord with everyone from musicians and MPs to industry professionals as they got the nod from the council this week.

The exciting project, which was first reported by City Buzz a couple of months ago, were passed by Leeds City Council licensing bosses, who made the unusual step of granting a new licence in the ‘red zone’ – where the city centre is considered to be saturated with bars. The proposals will see Northern Guitars expand its shop to include a bar, café and stage area for small gigs.

The new venture will offer a small food menu, as well as coffee, cakes and craft beer.

Owner Dave Baguley said: “It was great to have so many people’s support and to have a lot of influential people decide to help us.”

Musicians from around the world wrote letters backing the plans, as well as representatives from the O2 Academy, Leeds arena and local MPs.

Northern Guitars has been on Call Lane for 25 years and is one of a few remaining retailers on the street.

It’s great that they have been allowed to move with the times and expand their offering, and that their voice was listened to.

The Guitar Café is due to open next year.

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