Restaurant owners in London’s world-famous Brick Lane today said a midnight curfew would destroy the city’s curry capital.
A letter from Tower Hamlets Council warned that even eateries with licences to serve food and drink beyond midnight must now abide by local planning rules which insist upon midnight closing to cut down on “anti-social behaviour”.
Ah, yes. Of course. The world of collective punishment again.
Mr Hussain, 62, who is vice chairman of the Brick Lane Restaurateurs Association, said: “This has come completely out of the blue. We get a lot of customers during 12pm and 2am. We have no lunch trade so if we have no late night trade how can we survive?
“I predict 30 per cent of the restaurants will be gone within three months. They can’t pay their rent. If there are no restaurants Brick Lane will be nothing.”
And all the potential miscreants will be tucked up in bed with a cocoa. Yeah. Right…
A council spokesman said: “This enforcement action relates to the normal opening hours of businesses down Brick Lane. Planning enforcement officers visited all licenced premises in January, as part of partnership work with the police to reduce anti-social behaviour.
“Bar owners and restaurants were reminded of their responsibility to operate within their official opening hours, which are restricted by official planning conditions.
Formal planning enforcement notices would be served to any premises that continue to open beyond their approved opening hours.”
This country has gone utterly mad…