The Chron­i­cle

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BULAWAYO, Fri­day, Novem­ber 25, 1966 — The chair­man of the Ho­tels’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode­sia, Mr I Black, told the Liquor Board yes­ter­day that there was gross over­trad­ing in Bulawayo and nearly ev­ery ho­tel was strug­gling to make ends meet.

Only two ho­tels were mak­ing profit, but the re­turn of their cap­i­tal was very small. He was giv­ing ev­i­dence on be­half of the Ho­tels’ As­so­ci­a­tion who ob­jected to the new Pi­cola Italia restau­rant be­ing granted a liquor li­cence.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was post­poned for fur­ther ev­i­dence to be heard on De­cem­ber 8.

Mr N Grant, chair­man of the Board, asked Mr Black: “I am try­ing to rec­on­cile your state­ment about over­trad­ing with the fact that ev­ery time we come to Bulawayo there are more ap­pli­ca­tions”.

A di­rec­tor of the Pi­cola Italia restau­rant, Mr A Fio­ra­monti, said he had spent be­tween £12 000 and £13 000 on al­ter­ations to the premises, fix­tures, fit­ting as and equip­ment.

Many peo­ple had left the restau­rant af­ter they dis­cov­ered that they could not buy liquor there. He said he was cov­er­ing his ex­penses at present, but he was not mak­ing a profit.

Mr Fio­ra­monti told the Board that he had paid £600 a month to his four-piece con­ti­nen­tal type brand for food, lodg­ing and salaries. The ap­pli­ca­tion was op­posed by the Vic­to­ria and Grand Ho­tels, the Tav­ern and Pek­ing restau­rants, and the New Warn­bor­ough.

The Granada Restau­rant with­drew its ap­pli­ca­tion, per­haps, said Mr Black, be­cause they might have taken the at­ti­tude of “live and let live”.

Mr Black stated that ho­tels in Bulawayo were av­er­ag­ing a below 40 per­cent oc­cu­pancy and they had to rely very largely on bar, cater­ing and ban­quet­ing tak­ings.

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