Monday 12 October 2009 3.11pm
JGarcia - it's really just a matter of balance.
I agree entirely that we live in SE1 partly because there are lots restaurants we can visit. I live in the building where the new restaurant is opening and have been looking forward to someone finanlly opening a restaurant. By all accounts El Vergel looks to be as good a fit as you could hope for.
but it's not just about people causing noise or trouble on there way home. The restaurant will be part of a residential building. If it were open until midnight 7 days a week it would not be unreasinable for the people living above the resraurant to be concerned.
I now understand from Southwark Council
that some residents objected to the license - I had no idea there was an application myself - and that there was a conciliation meeting where the times you mention above were agreed.
I find it encouraging that there are people who appear to be very positive about the management of El Vergel, but this wasn't a matter of kindness on Stella's part. It was about stiking a balance between interested parties.
The times do look very sensible.