New Zizzi at Gloucester Quays to be open just one hour a day?
OUTDOOR dining times of 11am until noon? That’s not long enough to eat!
Diners were left befuddled after Zizzi Ristorante, who are soon to open at Gloucester Quays, put up licensing notices to have tables and chairs outside for just one hour a day.
Posters on the outside of the restaurant showed al fresco dining would be available from 11am to 12pm seven days a week.
The error prompted one person to scrawl across the poster: “That’s not long enough to eat!”
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The blunder occurred in the administration of the paperwork sent to Gloucester City Council by Zizzi.
A city council spokesman said: “There was an error in the form Zizzi sent in to the city council, which now means this will need to be re-submitted and circulated to the consultees.”
The application won’t have to go before the council’s licensing committee, but Zizzi will have to resubmit their information.
This means the 28 day consultation period, which starts when the posters are first put up (July 22 in this case), will start again once the new posters go up.
Internal departments at the council will be able to have their say during this time, as will members of the public.
Richard Robbins, from Lydney, is a regular at the shops and restaurants at the Quays.
He said: “Someone mentioned it to me actually and I thought it was for real at first.
“I’m glad it is an admin error though, I don’t think many people can order and eat within an hour.”
Julie Ray, from Quedgeley, shops at the Quays.
She said: “That’s bizarre, you would think a company of that size would be able to get their paperwork in order.
“It is a simple mistake though I guess, I hope it won’t have too much of an impact on when they can open.”
The restaurant will be opening at the end of October.
Zizzi has not commented, but the Twitter account for the company wrote on Thursday: “That can't be right!
“If it is, then that's the easiest shift in the book.”