New nightclub for Westgate?

67 Westgate, Wakefield  former Mumbai
67 Westgate, Wakefield former Mumbai

A NEW nightclub could open in the city centre.

The owners of Boomerangs and Mex Bar are looking to run a third premises from the former Mumbai Curry restaurant building on Westgate.

Kevin Spencer, owner of M&S Leisure, is seeking planning permission from Wakefield Council to turn it into a commercial nightclub.

And if given the go-ahead, Mr Spencer said it would be called Tequila Nightclub, a brand which already exists in Bradford.

It could become the second new nightclub to open this year after Warehouse 23 opened on Smyth Street in July after planning permission was granted in May.

The club would open from 10pm until 4am, employ up to 15 staff, and provide commercial, party and chart music on the ground floor, while the first floor would be dedicated to commercial R&B music.

Wakefield Civic Society has objected to the plans for the Grade Two listed Georgian town-house.

In a letter submitted to the council Jayne Hammond said: “Concerns are raised about the creation of another nightclub on 

“This will be an additional property that has an inactive frontage during the daytime and it will further expand the ‘dead zone’ along this part of Westgate.”

But Mr Spencer, who previously ran Reflex and Flares, said: “We want to keep the characteristics of the building and build around that.

“I have 20 years experience in the trade and believe Wakefield needs something new to rejuvenate its night life.

“We want to offer something different and fun in a safe environment.”

The historic building is within the Upper Westgate Conservation Area and was previously Jinnah Indian restaurant, which closed earlier this year.

The building has also previously been a pub.