Stoke Newington cafe clashes with neighbors over liquor license

Hackney Town Hall

A new cafe in Stoke Newington offering evening cocktails has sought to reassure residents that it wants to avoid disturbing them.

Daniel Fico said the two-story cafe run by Atlas Grinds Ltd will be “a very community place” and will be LGBTQIA + friendly.

The app says: “We take care of families because we create a safe space for people to meet, while we also offer changing tables which are becoming increasingly scarce. “

It also aims to sponsor Kynaston Gardens and “bring Main Street back to life after lockdown”.

Fico said during a clearance hearing that the small private garden will close at 10 p.m. to allow residents to enjoy the peace and quiet and that the venue will join the Pub Watch program and stop sales at 11 p.m.

The venue has asked to serve alcohol between noon and 11 p.m. between Mondays and Thursdays and half an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

However, residents have expressed concern about the disturbances.

Stephen Gutman told the council’s licensing subcommittee that the site was “surrounded by residential buildings, some extremely close.”

He pointed out that several rooms are very close to the outdoor space.

Gutman added: “From 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. [opening hours] it seems long, very long to me. And with the outside noise too.

Stewart O’Brien said he was concerned that “the noise of nighttime drinking is intolerable.”

Her tenant, who is a teacher, has already moved, saying “they couldn’t risk the noise and disturbance.” Every noise rises in the room ”.

Fico told the committee that the tenant left before the cafe was soundproofed.

O’Brien also said the sidewalk near the site was very narrow: “Under certain circumstances stepping out of the building can be intimidating.”

He said people who have been drinking can be “a little belligerent and I don’t want that outside my apartment building”, adding: “There are children who might have their sleep disturbed.”

Fico said there should be no disruption after 10pm: “It’s mainly for families, friends, people who want to enjoy a good wine in the evening.”

He said the bar specializes in organic wines and he doesn’t expect people to drink a lot. He said it was open on one condition for the garden to close at 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.

The licensing subcommittee (August 3) will release its decision next week.

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