International Food & Wine, which locals know colloquially as ‘Boss Man’, has not been granted a renewal of it’s 3am licence. They have previously been caught selling smuggled alcohol, out of date food and serving underage customers, due to which they lost their licence late last year. This refusal of renewal comes after a breach of every licence condition and no-one admitting that they were in charge. After the loss of their licence, an appeal was made by new manager Baris Yukselen. When asked if he would be happy with a license that ended earlier in the evening he made it clear it was all or nothing.
A hearing took place on Friday in front of the licensing panel in which they heard that once taking over the Preston Road shop, Yukselen hadn’t read the licence application nor was he aware of the previous licence conditions. They also heard that since he claimed to have been there since December, he has been caught on numerous occasions breaching the contract. Additionally, the panel was informed that his old off licence in Coombe Terrace was also caught selling contraband alcohol and tobacco. The ruling of the panel stated “Taking into account the breaches of the licensing conditions referred to above, Mr Yukselen’s ignorance of/disregard for the licensing conditions attached to the premises licence and his lack of understanding of the licensing regime, the panel has no confidence in the applicant company’s ability to promote the licensing objectives. It shares the concerns of the Police, Licensing Authority and Trading Standards…The application is therefore refused”
Police say that they believe his new application was a blatant attempt to get around the rules of the council and any improvements at the store were simply a temporary measure to appease those making the ruling. According to the police, the first breach was just in a week in to his ownership when they discovered he did not have working CCTV. The shop has been through three successive owners in a year and this panel decision comes after a series of bad management and lack of honesty between the shop owners, licensing board and the police.