A meeting is to be held next week to see if the former Yak and Yeti on Eltham High Street should be stripped of its license after a takeover saw a serious assault during a “rebranding event” to a venue called “The Playhouse Lounge”.
In the early hours of 7th December police were called at 2:30am to reports of a stabbing. Upon arrival they found a man bleeding – though not due to a stabbing but after being hit on the head by a bottle.
Door staff were not present as stated in the license agreement and staff said they could not access CCTV.
Police state: “The review is made on the grounds that the premises is associated with serious crime – specifically the association of the premises with serious crime
relating to an alleged serious assault that took place at/around the premises
during a ‘rebranding event’.”
The restaurant was taken over in October and new owners initially applied to open as late as 4am. According to the licensing report:
According to the report, an application was made in late October 2019 “to amend the hours for the sale/supply of alcohol from the existing opening time until 02:00 Sunday – Thursday; 03:00 hours Friday, Saturday and Christmas Eve; and 04:00 hours New Year’s Eve; and to increase the regulated entertainment times.
There was no mention in this application that the premises were undergoing a sale, or that it would be undergoing re-development, or be under new management.”
The owners were advised to first seek a number of Temporary Event Notices (known as TENs) to see how late opening would go after taking over – when problems appear to have arisen.
They applied for a TEN license though police have concerns that when they arrived after the assault, conditions applied to the TEN were not being met.
A decision will be made by Greenwich Council’s licensing board next week.
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