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Rob Smith, operations manager of Vimac, said his company had made the application due to "customer demand".
Property developer Rashad Hameed bought the 100-year-old derelict building three years ago and brought it back to life as one of the region's top leisure venues before selling to Vimac Leisure, of Wearside, in May.
Paul Mackings, managing director of Wearside-based Vimac Leisure, said: "We have been working very hard to secure this deal, which adds another upmarket venue to our expanding portfolio.
"I wanted to take over the place before it was Donnies but Vimac wanted pounds 100,000 and I said no chance," added Mr Scandle.
North-east management firm Vimac Leisure bought the harbour-side restaurant in January from founder Terry Foster, who started the business 25 years ago, in a multi-million pound deal.
Vimac Leisure, of Boldon, South Tyneside, which runs the venue, declined to comment yesterday.
South Tyneside firm Vimac Leisure went to the High Court to overturn the rejection of its controversial application to start a lap-dancing club in the centre of Durham.
The Trenchers restaurant, in Whitby, has been bought by growing Tyneside company Vimac Leisure, adding it to the growing number of venues in its portfolio across Scotland and northern England.
The club's owners, Vimac, based in South Tyneside, have now asked for a judicial review.
It marks the latest stage of the hotel's development under owner Vimac Leisure's management.
Carol Feenan, Best Bar None manager, said: "The promotions that Vimac Leisure are currently running at The Loft, have endangered the unity gained amongst our licensees to an extent that they are bringing the reputation of Durham City Best Bar None into question.
Last August, Durham City Council's licensing committee agreed to an application by South Tyneside-based Vimac Leisure to hold lap dancing at The Loft, North Road, Durham, on the casting vote of chairman Maureen Smith.