Italian restaurant High Barnet Le Rose obtains a late license

An Italian restaurant due to open in High Barnet has been granted permission to sell alcohol until midnight on weekdays and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Rose, which plans to open later this year at 47 High Street, has been granted a premises license after agreeing to reduce scheduled hours for alcohol sales following discussions with police.

The venue, which will sell pizza, Mediterranean-style hot meals and a range of cold dishes, originally operated to sell alcohol from noon to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday and until 1 a.m. morning on Sunday.

It raised concerns among ten neighbors who feared the hours would increase the risk of crime, noise and anti-social behaviour, disrupting the “peace and quiet” they currently enjoy.

Local police licensing officers then offered to allow liquor sales and late-night refreshments until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. This was agreed to by claimant Fabio Koka, along with a series of conditions, including the installation of CCTV and an undertaking to record any incidents of crime and disorder.

The application was considered by Barnet Council’s licensing subcommittee at a meeting on Friday. Nursever Er, an agent acting on behalf of the applicant, told the committee that “all reasonable steps” had been taken to comply with the purposes of the permit and avoid disturbing the neighborhood.

Nursever said other businesses on the main street close at 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, so the restaurant would not have a negative impact on the area. She added that alcohol would only be sold with food.

When questioned by committee members, Nursever said the venue’s hours would be the same as the liquor sales hours.

There were no objectors present at the meeting. After discussing the application privately, the committee decided to grant the license for the premises with the modified hours and conditions agreed between the applicant and the police.

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