THE former site of a popular bakery in the centre of Worcester could be converted to a new bar.

The Foregate Patisserie unexpectedly closed its doors in June last year after more than 40 years and the building has laid vacant ever since.

But Birmingham-based MyBodega ltd has now submitted a licensing application for the building next to the entrance to Foregate Street station.

Although the Worcester News was unable to contact the company, it is believed if the application is successful the building will be converted into a bar called Bodega, which will be open between 8am and 12.30am seven days a week, with a licence to sell alcohol between midday and midnight every day.

The company has also applied to be able to hold live music events between midday and midnight and play recorded music between 8am and midnight.

The application also includes provision for the sale of late-night refreshments between 11pm and midnight.

Adrian Field, manager of Worcester Business Improvement District (BID), a non-profit organisation working to promote the interests of companies in the city, said he was pleased to see businesses continuing to invest in the area.

"It is very encouraging to see interest at this unit which has been empty and at a key location in the city," he said.

"The same can also be said for the application from Edwards for the former Asilah Lounge in the High Street.

"We would want both to enhance the offering currently in place and to help further boost the reputation that Worcester is gaining for its great food and drink offer."

Asilah Lounge moved from the High Street to Broad Street last year but closed suddenly in June.

An application has been made to sell alcohol as well as for a live and recorded music licence at the High Street premises, which is due to be considered by Worcester City Council's licensing department.

The Foregate Street application can be viewed at the Guildhall between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Any comments on the application can be made in writing to Licensing Section, Environmental Services, Worcester City Council, Orchard House, Farrier Street, Worcester, WR1 3BB by Thursday, August 14.