An empty shop in Northampton town centre’s most fashionable street could soon be converted into a gin parlour.
The former Chanse Leathergoods shop in St Giles Street has been empty since the firm moved to Abington Street earlier this year.
Abington resident, Suzanne Paterson has now applied to Northampton Borough Council for permission to convert the building into a bar which would operate as a Parisian cafe during the day and a gin parlour at night.
In documents submitted to the council, she said: “The proposal is to provide a unique, members-only, relaxed and sophisticated gin parlour, dedicated to the consumption of glorious gins.”
To get into the gin parlour, which would serve 50 different types of gin, customers would have to ring a bell to get through a locked door, which would be covered by CCTV.
During the day however, the venue would operate as a Parisian cafe – known as Cafe C’est La Vie – which would sell breakfasts and lunches and have an ‘all-day crepe bar’.
Mrs Paterson said: “We propose to provide a truly authentic Parisian style cafe, offering simple and fresh French cuisine.”
The venue would also have a reading area and an area where vintage French furniture and art would be sold.
It is expected the development would create four jobs.
The council’s planning committee is due to meet next month to decide if the development should be allowed. Police have raised no objections.
An increase in the number of independent gin makers in the UK over the past few years has led to reports of a ‘gin revival’. The trendy revival is in a marked contrast to the gin craze which swept London in the 18th century, when it is estimated the average Londoner drank 14 gallons of gin a year. The craze was blamed for rising crime, prostitution, madness and death rates. It led to the introduce of laws to curb sales of the drink.