A tequila bar owner is trying to circumvent Britain’s strict coronavirus restrictions by adding something sacred to his spirits – and registering as a church.
James Aspell, 34, submitted photos of his formal application to make his closed “400 Rabbits Tequila and Mezcal Cocktail Bar” in Nottingham an official meeting place for religious worship.
He was also shown smiling, giving up his thumb as he sent the form to the now reverently named church with the four hundred rabbits.
To be approved, he needs people to sign up and say they are part of his congregation – telling Nottinghamshire Live that they can sign up as a “bunny believer”
“With places of worship allowed to open at all levels, we thought f – k, let’s start a religion!” he explained on Facebook to his new congregation, which would otherwise be barred under Britain’s strict lockdown rules, which only allowed him to serve takeaway if he sold food.
“It can not be that difficult, it can!” he added, promising “Congregation daily until late.”
Aspell told Nottinghamshire Live that although it started as a joke, it came “from a serious place” – his anger over the “hypocrisy” of severe lockdowns, which he believes unfairly hurts bars.
“This time of year, it’s usually all guns that are on fire, but instead I sit at home and put up my Christmas decorations,” he complained about the popular bar he opened five years ago.
He admits that even if his application for a house of worship is approved, he probably would not be allowed to serve booze. Instead, Aspell hopes “to adapt in a different way and have fun with it.”
“We are not doing this to offend anyone or break any rules,” he stressed.
Judging by social media for his bar – sorry, church – he has an eager congregation waiting to sip his holy water.
“The only reason I wanted to take up a religion. I’m in! “Leigh Harrison responded to her position, while Rebecca Barker said,” I want to worship in the church in mezcal. “
“The only religion I would come on board with,” said Ken Scott, offering “hope and prayers for your salvation and delicious drinks.”
“You can just save 2020,” George Maroda Phillips told Aspell, while Terry James Hayfield suggested the tequila bar would definitely be “a spiritual healing place.”