Haringey restaurant and shisha lounge loses licence after flouting lockdown rules

A restaurant and shisha lounge has been stripped of its licence to promote alcohol after councillors heard proof it flouted lockdown rules.

Haringey Council ’s licensing subcommittee determined it was “applicable and proportionate” to revoke the licence for Rakkas, in Green Lanes, Harringay, after a listening to on April 14.

At the licensing assembly, police and council officers offered proof that the restaurant opened and offered meals, alcohol and shisha pipes throughout a nationwide lockdown designed to cease the unfold of Covid-19.

Representatives of licence holder Ali Sukran Ozbek denied breaking lockdown rules, claiming the venue had been providing a takeaway and supply service in step with the restrictions.

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The council confirmed that after the general public assembly, the committee determined to revoke the licence.

In an announcement, the council stated the committee “discovered the proof of the accountable authorities to be credible however couldn’t say the identical for the proof put ahead on behalf the licence holder”.

It added: “The committee had misplaced confidence within the licence holder’s potential to adjust to and uphold the situations on his licence.

“Having thought-about the proof of the police and different accountable authorities and the conduct of the licence holder, the committee was happy that there had been a failure to uphold the licensing goals.

“On this evaluation, in response to the illegal actions put earlier than it, the committee was happy that it was applicable to revoke the licence.

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“The committee solely made its choice after contemplating all of the proof and was happy that the licensing goals had been being undermined.

“The revocation of the licence was an applicable and proportionate response to the issues that had been put earlier than it.”

The committee’s choice is open to attraction to a magistrates’ court docket inside 21 days from the start on the day on which the appellant is notified of the choice.

Its choice doesn’t take impact till the top of the attraction interval or, if an attraction has been lodged, till the attraction is distributed with.

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