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Beach bar shut down for Covid breach after punters queued 40 minutes for pints

A beach bar has been ordered to stop selling booze after punters queues for 40 minutes for a pint.

The first beers of the year were served at The Beach Bar on Cleethorpes Promenade, Lincs, on Monday, even though pubs remain closed in lockdown.

Thirsty customers enjoying the mini-heatwave queued for 40 minutes to be served with an alcoholic drink.

But North East Lincolnshire licensing officers have since served a notice on the premises, ordering it to stop selling alcohol.

Angry owner Kash Pungi claims his business is exempt and said he was not given a chance to explain when the regulation was served on him.

The bar opened after lockdown was eased despite pubs still needing to be closed

He told Grimsby Live : “It is ridiculous. I will be going to court over this.

“They are making it harder for businesses in Cleethorpes that are just trying to provide a service. I have always worked with the council but this is making it harder.”

Demand for a pint was so high earlier today from people enjoying the heat, the landlord ran out of gas.

Kash opened the roadside venue a year ago and has been shutdown for most of that time due to coronavirus restrictions.

Massive queues snaked along the road
The opening proved a hit with thirsty punters

Bars and pubs remain closed, but he opened up this week as the latest lockdown restrictions eased on Monday.

Kash was operating a click and collect service where customers pre-order with a text message and insists he was following regulations after taking advice from a leading licensing consultant.

Before the notice was served, he said: “We came down just to do a clean up ready for the venue to open for slushy drinks. People kept asking if they could have a drink as well. So with the new regulations in place, I thought we should provide the service.

“We are making people happy and giving Cleethorpes a service. The first thing people say is ‘Ah,'” because they have not had a drink for months.”

Slushy drinks with alcohol were being eagerly snapped up and the queue stretched from the Beach Bar to the entrance to Cleethorpes Railway Station.

Kash, owner of Beach Bar
Owner Kash said they were making people ‘happy’ by opening up

Also on tap was Fosters lager, Kronenbourg 1664, Dark Fruits and Strongbow.

As well as serving the alcohol in plastic cups, bottles of alcohol were also being bought.

Kash, who has run leisure facilities, clubs and bars for more than 10 years said: “It is a family businesses with my son Liam and mum Kanta serving.

“It is another venture for me. It is a challenge and the demand is definitely there. It is mostly families with kids having a slushy and grown ups having a drink.”

One customer said: “I have not had a pint in over four months. It is that long ago I can’t remember what it is like. I am having a Corona to celebrate. I haven’t minded waiting in this weather.”

Mia Brown was with William Farrell, and travelled from Scunthorpe to visit relatives they had not seen since last summer.

Mia said: “I have not had a vodka slushy since last July. It will be great.”

Christian Willoughby from Lincoln said: “It has been ages since I had a pint. It was a bar in Lincoln in July – I can’t wait. But there is no one wearing masks, we are all queuing together. It is almost as if we are all in a bar.

“It is relaxed. People are showing respect for each other and being sensible and taking each other into consideration.”

A spokesman from North East Lincolnshire Council said: “Following reports about a premises in Cleethorpes, we can confirm that Council officers took legal advice and have served a prohibition notice this evening.

“This notice requires the premises to cease trading immediately, in line with current Government COVID legislation.”

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