19 Mar 2014

Restaurant's outdoor activities can stay

4:48 pm on 19 March 2014

A liquor licensing judge has allowed a central Christchurch restaurant to continue its outdoor operations, after telling complainants they can't have everything they want.

The Harlequin Public House was forced into a liquor licensing hearing after residents of the nearby Metro Apartments complained about noise coming from its outside deck, as well as the smell of roast meat.

They said the restaurant's original liquor licence should not be valid because it was granted before the deck was built.

In evidence at the hearing in Christchurch on Wednesday morning, Mr Schwass said music on the deck is turned off at 9pm, heaters are turned off at 10pm and patrons are moved inside.

He said outside refrigeration had been moved, an extractor fan had been silenced and bottles could not be thrown into a skip after 9pm, all in a bid to reduce noise.

After hearing that evidence, Judge John Hole told those opposing the license application Mr Schwass had made some major concessions.