ONE of Inverclyde's most popular bar-restaurants is trying again for outside dining - for a second time.

Cafe Continental boss Gregg McLeod has put in a fresh application, this time for the side of the building.

Last year the Kempock Street venue was refused permission for an al fresco dining area on the Kempock Street pavement.

Inverclyde Council refused the planning application last July on the grounds that the pavement was too narrow.

At the time the owner hit out at the decision by council planners.

He fumed that a business across the road had been given the go ahead for a similar set up.

As part of the new application, Cafe Continental would limit the outdoor area's hours and it would only be in operation for six months of the year, from April until September.

Cafe Continental say they would limit the outdoor area's hours to between noon and 9pm.

The application for five tables running along the side of the building, with four seats each, has been submitted and is under consideration by planning officials.

The Tele can also reveal that the Cafe has meanwhile put its ambitious plan for a £150,000 refurbishment on hold.

Mr McLeod had unveiled a blueprint to open up the top floor with a new dining area and roof terrace.

But now he says that plan has been put on ice for the time being.