It’s come to our attention over here at the Blog that Wahaca (like Wagamama but for mexican food), is putting in an application for a Brixton premises license to Lambeth Council. Parent company Oaxaca Limited (pronounced Wahaca – get it?) has put in the application for a site at 20 Atlantic Road: Brady’s Bar. Built in 1880 and with its iconic clocktower, Brady’s Bar (previously the Railway Hotel) is a Brixton landmark which has been left empty for over a decade. The premise license covers food, alcohol and (recorded) music until 1.30am, Monday to Sunday.
There have been various attempts to use the building as a community centre, but ultimately Lambeth Council sold the building to property developers a few years back. And apparently this is where it’s been heading.
Developers have been under fire recently (as reported on page 4 of this month’s Brixton Bugle) after apparently breaching planning permission when they demolished a part of the building. Cllr Pete Robins (Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration) told the Bugle: ‘Conditions were attached [to planning permission granted in February] and the construction phase shouldn’t start until further details have been approved.’
The ‘mexican market eating’ specialist would be following the path trodden by other major chains like Starbucks in staking out spots in the commercially fertile ground of Brixton. With other branches located in Soho, Covent Garden, and Canary Wharf (among others) this would be the gem in the crown, or nail in the coffin, of a gentrified Brixton: depending which way you like to slice your avocados. That’s a metaphor.
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