A new Indian restaurant’s offer to serve alcohol has been given the green light despite outcry from residents.
An application for Amaze Gourmet Spice to serve alcohol has been approved by the North Tyneside Council licensing subcommittee.
This means that the new restaurant is allowed to open from 12 noon and close at 11 p.m., with the last liquor sale no later than 10:30 p.m.
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Alcohol sales have been limited to those who buy food after 6 p.m.
Finally, the café / grocery section of the store will be authorized to open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Several objections were filed against the proposals.
Monkseaton residents have raised concerns about odors, noise, anti-social behavior and parking.
One of them said he was “horrified” by the plans and claimed that cooking smells could seep into their home.
Another resident said the restaurant would become a “magnet” for revelers leaving neighborhood pubs.
Speaking at Tuesday’s licensing committee meeting, objector Louise Charlton said she was not against the company but was uncomfortable with selling alcohol in local stores. premises seven days a week.
She said: “Having lived in Cauldwell Lane for 16 years, I have experienced a lot of anti-social behavior from people coming from the pubs.
“When you get up at 5 in the morning to go to work and you can’t fall asleep because there are people outside sitting on your doorstep eating take out – that’s a real experience that I had. “
This was echoed by Peter Watts who added: “Where we live is 20 meters or less from the premises.
“We can only imagine the scale of the disruption if all of this continues.”
However, representing the claimant, planning agent Matt Foster said the restaurant aims to provide an upscale experience rather than serving a post-pub clientele.
He said the restaurant described itself as serving “progressive, bangla, Indian, gourmet dishes”.
Mr Foster added, “The couple have put a lot of effort into the food they create and serve.
“They’re not looking for a clientele that has just left the pub after drinking eight pints of beer, that’s not their type of clientele at all.”
The restaurant will be run by Jay Alam and his wife Sopna, who have 20 years of experience in the business.
They will invest £ 250,000 in the restaurant, of which up to £ 80,000 will be spent on kitchen equipment.
The pair also own the award-winning Turmeric Gold in Coventry and Jashm in Swalwell.
Mr Alam added: “We don’t want anti-social behavior.”
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