Good­bye Good Ge­orge af­ter com­plaint


A ‘‘dis­grun­tled neigh­bour’’ op­pos­ing a liquor li­cence has seen the clo­sure of a pop­u­lar Whanga­mata bar and cafe.

Pop­u­lar Waikato craft brew­ery, Good Ge­orge, closed Ge­orge’s Bach on April 1 af­ter op­po­si­tion to a liquor li­cence would have limited the bar and cafe to only 45 peo­ple.

The op­po­si­tion came from a dis­grun­tled neigh­bour who took ex­cep­tion to the sudden pop­u­lar­ity of the venue, Good Ge­orge said.

Stuff con­tacted the neigh­bour, who lives in Auck­land but also owns a prop­erty in Whanga­mata, who said they didn’t want to com­ment pub­licly about their com­plaint.

Co-owner Kevin Flynn said be­ing limited to 45 peo­ple on site would make for ‘‘an un­vi­able busi­ness’’.

‘‘We’re gut­ted. Af­ter try­ing to work with the op­poser and coun­cil to find a way for us to con­tinue trad­ing and look­ing af­ter our lo­cals, it’s just not pos­si­ble so we’ve got to close the doors.’’

Flynn said Good Ge­orge ‘‘know there’s a huge ap­petite for good food and beer in a re­laxed set­ting in [Whanga­mata]’’.

‘‘And we know we’ve got a for­mula that this town likes.’’

Whanga­mata lo­cal Dave Heads said he would deeply miss the bar and cafe.

‘‘It was nice to get a place [in Whanga­mata] that was rea­son­able and chill.’’

He said it catered to what the lo­cals needed and he ques­tioned why any­one would stop it.

An­other pa­tron, Bran­don Drom­gool, said he had tried to go to Ge­orge’s Bach ‘‘the other day, but I was turned away be­cause of the 45 per­son rule’’.

‘‘I can’t see what the is­sues are ... they’ve got a great set up and it will be a shame to see it go.’’

Lo­cal busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion En­ter­prise Whanga­mata sec­re­tary Julie McNee said she never liked to see busi­nesses shut down.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to see busi­nesses in all the premises do­ing well.’’

She said it would not have made a dif­fer­ence if Ge­orge’s Bach was lo­cated more in the town cen­tre be­cause the site had been a restau­rant ‘‘long be­fore’’ the bar and cafe opened on the site.

Thames-Coro­man­del District Coun­cil com­pli­ance and li­cens­ing man­ager Brian Tay­lor said the ap­pli­ca­tion for an al­co­hol li­cence was with­drawn by the ap­pli­cant be­fore a de­ci­sion was made, and re­source con­sent for the site al­ready re­stricts pa­tron num­bers to 45.

Ge­orge’s Bach opened on Ocean Road in De­cem­ber. An­other lo­cal busi­ness, Miz­zoni Pizza, pro­vided the food served at the premise.

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