Why tav­ern li­cence was de­clined

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A sham­bolic per­for­mance cost Can­nons Creek’s Mix tav­ern its li­cence at two court hear­ings last month.

Bar owner Nag­inbhai Neil Pa­tel did not im­press Judge John Hole of the Al­co­hol Reg­u­la­tory and Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity, ac­cord­ing to the judge’s re­port.

‘‘The ev­i­dence of the ap­pli­cant was rid­dled with in­con­sis­ten­cies,’’ he said.

‘‘ The ap­pli­cant has failed to es­tab­lish on any ba­sis that it can carry out the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that go with the hold­ing of an on­li­cence.’’

Mr Pa­tel, who owns Wellington’s Shal­i­mar dairy, has never run a bar be­fore, but told Judge Hole he ex­pected it to be the same as run­ning a Four Square of­fli­cence.

Dur­ing the hear­ing it emerged Mr Pa­tel had vis­ited Bed­ford St only four or five times at night, and did not know what a ‘‘one-way door pol­icy’’ was.

That is when pa­trons are al­lowed out, but not into, a bar in the wee hours of the morn­ing.

Only one of Mr Pa­tel’s pro­posed staff had bar ex­pe­ri­ence, but that per­son would be a chef rather than a man­ager at the Mix, Judge Hole said.

What’s more, there was an im­mi­gra­tion is­sue hang­ing over one of Mr Pa­tel’s po­ten­tial se­nior man­agers.

Mr Pa­tel told au­thor­i­ties he imag­ined his bar be­ing like Wellington’s South­ern Cross, but Judge Hole said the Mix’s premises and clien­tele would be to­tally dif­fer­ent.

Mr Pa­tel said he wanted to run a gas­tropub, but all signs pointed to the Mix be­ing a tav­ern, Judge Hole said.

A tav­ern li­cence was ap­plied for rather than a restau­rant li­cence, and the premises would hold 455 peo­ple.

‘‘The ap­pli­cant seemed to have lit­tle idea of ex­actly what is pro­posed for the premises,’’ Judge Hole said.

‘‘It was in­ter­est­ing to ob­serve how the food menu changed its na­ture as the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­gressed through the bu­reau­cratic chan­nels to a hear­ing.

‘‘Again, this in­di­cated that the ap­pli­cant had not thought this ap­pli­ca­tion through when lodg­ing it.’’

Mr Pa­tel pro­duced sup­port­ing ref­er­ences from an un­named MP, but it turned out that per­son was un­aware how his ref­er­ence would be used.

‘‘Other tes­ti­mo­ni­als were sim­i­larly mis­used,’’ Judge Hole said.

The other ma­jor rea­son for Judge Hole’s re­fusal of the Mix’s li­cence was the ef­fect it would have on neigh­bour­ing schools and so­cial ser­vices.

‘‘To place a tav­ern in the midst of this cam­pus will in­evitably frus­trate at least some of the use­ful work be­ing un­der­taken by th­ese agen­cies,’’ Judge Hole said.

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