“Can’t be that hard can it!” he added, promising “Congregation daily till late.”

Aspell told Nottinghamshire Live that while it started as a joke, it “comes from a serious place” — his anger over “the hypocrisy” of strict lockdowns that he thinks are unfairly hurting bars.

“This time of year it’s usually all guns blazing but instead I’m sat at home putting my Christmas decorations up,” he complained of the popular bar he opened five years ago.

He admits that even if his house-of-worship application gets approved, he would likely not be allowed to serve booze. Instead, Aspell hopes “to adapt in a different way and have some fun with it.”

“We’re not doing this to offend anybody 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’d take up a religion. I’m in!” Leigh Harrison replied to his post, while Rebecca Barker said, “I want to worship at the church of mezcal.”

“The only religion I would get on board with,” Ken Scott said, offering “hopes and prayers for your salvation and delicious drinks.”

“You might just save 2020,” George Maroda Phillips told Aspell, while Terry James Hayfield suggested the tequila bar would be “a spiritual place of healing for sure.”

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