A trendy new steakhouse and cider bar is to open just minutes from the Somerset border after the closure of a beloved burger bar. Dorchester Steakhouse Limited is asking for a premises licence for the unit on Trinity Street in Dorchester which used to be occupied by Cow & Apple until it closed last year.

The new business, which will be named Sam's Steakhouse, requests midday to 11pm opening each day with the sale of alcohol for the same hours. The application asks for the premises licence for the sale of alcohol to start from September 25, Dorset Live reports.

Included in the details, submitted to Dorset Council, is the request for a restaurant on the ground floor, including a dining area, a bar, a disabled toilet and kitchen and a beer garden to the rear. The upstairs area is listed for use as “function room and customer toilets”.

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All public areas are to be included in the premises licence, if agreed. The company has named Mr Samuel Ellis to be its designated premises supervisor who will be responsible for the operation of the business and compliance with licensing laws.

Announcing the new steakhouse, Sam's Steakhouse shared on Facebook: "We are proud to announce Sam’s Steakhouse is coming to Dorchester. We are delighted to finally be able to tell you all.

"We are currently smashing through renovations transforming the old Cow & Apple in Dorchester to make it our own. We are aiming for the end of September. Please keep an eye on our page for an official opening date."

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Mr Ellis, 23, is one of two directors named on company documents, first registered in July 2023 with a business address at Lynch Lane, Weymouth. Comments on the application can be made to the Dorset Council licensing team until September 22.

Cow & Apple quietly closed its doors in late 2021 after the restaurant had mysteriously been closed for several weeks, with a "we are closed today" sign on its door. A statement on its website cited a “very difficult time since reopening” due to the Covid pandemic.

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