Jamrock Leeds: Caribbean restaurant to open on Kirkgate after getting license

Jamrock will soon be operational on Kirkgate in the city center, in a unit previously occupied by Domino’s Pizza.

Three locals had objected to the restaurant getting a license to sell alcohol until late, citing noise pollution.

But a panel of two councilors granted the request after owner Oral Blackford promised the site’s courtyard would not be used by punters.

Jamrock will soon be operational on Kirkgate in the city centre.

A hearing on Tuesday was told Mr Blackford had previously co-run a local also known as Jamrock, on Call Lane.

His lawyer said he had parted ways with his business partner and now had the right to use the name elsewhere under an agreement between the couple.

Andrea Forrest told the hearing: “It will be a Caribbean restaurant serving Caribbean food and cocktails.

“We believe that this is an operation that should be encouraged to contribute to cultural and economic growth.

“It will not cause noise pollution. It is a food offer.

“He is an experienced and responsible operator who will ensure that local residents and the general public are not adversely affected by activities at or in the immediate vicinity.”

No opponent appeared at the hearing.

In their decision, which was then read aloud, advisers said the licensing was ‘proportionate and reasonable’ and noted ‘Mr Blackford’s experience in the business’.

The restaurant will be allowed to sell alcohol until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

Michael M. Tomlin