JD Wetherspoon plans to open new Bristol pub on Whiteladies Road
AS one of Bristol's premier streets, it's renowned for being lined with upmarket bars and trendy restaurants.
But budget pub chain JD Wetherspoon could soon be opening up one of its watering holes in Whiteladies Road.
The company wants to turn the former Dragon Kiss bar and restaurant into a new pub called the Dorset and Gloster.
The pub giant has applied for planning permission to make alterations to create a new frontage, make internal alterations, refurbish the venue and add new rooflights to the property's rear flat roof.
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Under the plans, there would be a new bar, staircase, refurbished toilets and a new kitchen inside the Grade II listed building.
If the proposals are given the green light, existing paving stones outside the venue would be replaced and new external signs would go up.
A statement included as part of the planning application said: "With its imposing classical period proportions, it (the building) has a significant impact on the immediate townscape and makes a striking contribution to the street scene.
"With the exception of the minor amendments to the contemporary shopfront, the existing front elevation will not be altered in any way.
"The predominant works will be to the interior of the building.
"The existing main entrance will remain in its present location and shall remain unaffected by any works.
"The entrance forms an integral part of the original building elevation. Due to the prominence, historic character, period style, proportion and location of the building, any scheme for new signs will respect the historic fabric and the location of the building within the conservation area."
Before Dragon Kiss took over the premises, they were occupied by the Rat and Parrot pub.
Dragon Kiss, a bar chain which also had a venue in Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare, closed last year. It was run by Weston brothers Cam and Kiem Mu.
JD Wetherspoon already runs several pubs in Bristol, including The Berkeley in nearby Queen's Road.
A decision on the planning application is expected in June.