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Restaurant in Kingsbury could lose licence after complaints

A Turkish restaurant in Kingsbury could have its licence revoked for multiple alleged breaches of its conditions after complaints it is operating ‘more like a nightclub’.

Police officers reported that people were allowed to smoke inside the venue, with a DJ playing loud music ‘regularly until 3am’ when the premises are supposed to shut at 11pm.

Alaturca Lounge on Kingsbury Road in Brent is to have its licence reviewed after attracting a catalogue of complaints from police and residents, including alleged noise nuisance, antisocial behaviour and opening beyond its agreed times since the owner, Gokcan Algul, took over the premises in April of last year.

The restaurant forms part of the Roe Green Park, located inside the park lodge. It has been called an ‘absolute nuisance’ by some furious local residents who have complained of being repeatedly woken up in the early hours of the morning by the noise. A resident in their 70s who claims they are ‘suffering from age-related deafness’ said even they have been woken up at 3am on several occasions.

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Alaturca Lounge. Alaturca Lounge is having its licence reviewed after a number of breaches were alleged. Image Credit: Brent Council. Permission to use with all LDRS partners

Another resident said: “They play loud music into the early hours that can be heard inside of my home and we are half a mile away across the park. There is also a lot of shouting and people noise. In addition the cars park on pavements and generally the patrons have no respect for the surrounding residents.”

They added: “They breach the current licence […] and will breach any extension. [I’m] not sure the local park lodge should be operating as a nightclub at all.”

The police have also been called to the premises on several occasions over the past 12 months, including to an incident in May of last year where someone had been attacked with a bottle, leaving them with a cut to the head, when they left the venue at around 2am.

During some of the many visits to the restaurant by the police, officers raised serious concerns about the venue breaching its licensing conditions. They noted that the interior ‘looks more like a nightclub’ as it had loud music playing, neon lights on the walls, and people were being allowed to smoke cigarettes and shisha.

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Indoor Smoking. During one of their visits, police officers found customers were allowed to smoke inside the venue. Image Credit: Brent Council. Permission to use with all LDRS partners

An officer who attended one callout said: “It was clear that they were open well after their agreed licensing closing time with alcohol still being served and were allowing people to smoke inside the venue with no ventilation.” The police have advised the council that they have ‘little confidence’ in the venue’s ability to ‘rectify the situation if they are given another chance’.

Council licensing officers have recommended that Mr Algul’s licence be taken away after a number of prior warnings were not adhered to. A decision on whether or not to revoke the licence will be made by Brent Council’s Alcohol and Licensing Sub-Committee on May 8.

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