Restaurant faces licence review

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

Restaurant faces licence review

The Isle of Wight Council is to hear a licence review into the Hong Kong Express restaurant in Ryde.

A RESTAURANT will learn next week if it will have to stop selling alcohol in the early hours, following a review of its licence by the Isle of Wight Council.

Police called for the review of Ryde’s Hong Kong Express licence after an operation by plain clothes officers found it was selling alcohol after 1am to customers who had not ordered food, breaching the terms of its licence.

The licence states that only customers who have ordered a table meal can purchase alcohol between 1am and 4am.

In a report due to be considered by the Isle of Wight Council regulatory committee next Tuesday, police highlighted that revellers who had been drinking heavily elsewhere, regularly congregated outside the restaurant.

The police have called for the licence to be reduced to 1am.

However, the Isle of Wight Council’s environmental health department said in its report: "Based on the information contained in the review application, it is this department’s view that there is insufficient evidence relating to violence and aggression to support the application for this establishment to reduce the hours that alcohol is available for sale to 1am."

It has recommended all public nuisance complaints be recorded in a log, available for inspection, and notices be put up to ask customers to leave the area quietly.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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