New tapas bar in Leeds gets liquor license despite noise fears

Moon Light will soon open on Street Lane in Roundhay, in a unit previously occupied by an American Golf store.

Bar owner Tuncay Hormetli also runs the Olive Branch restaurant next door to the premises, as well as several other venues around Yorkshire.

Moon Light originally wanted to serve alcohol until 1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and midnight the rest of the week.

Moon Light will soon open on Street Lane in Roundhay, in a unit previously occupied by an American Golf store. Pic: Google

However, following a backlash from local residents, they agreed to reduce the hours offered, so that the last orders are made at 11 p.m. between Sunday and Thursday evening and at midnight on weekends.

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Residents remained opposed to the request, with 44 people raising concerns about noise pollution, anti-social behavior and parking.

But at a licensing hearing on Wednesday, Mr Hormetli’s lawyer insisted the venue would not be a nightclub, as some opponents had interpreted.

Chris Rees-Gay told the hearing: ‘He understands that he has to work with local residents because they are his bosses.

“The operator takes its relationship with the local community very seriously.”

The Hormetlis met opponents at the end of August after the request was submitted to Leeds City Council.

But Mr Rees-Gay added: ‘He admits he should have consulted them before submitting the application. He admits they were wrong.

“He will give his mobile number so people can contact him directly.

“He went above and beyond what you would normally expect.”

But despite the proposed reduced hours, objector John-Paul Murphy claimed the bar had made “no concessions really”.

He said: ‘There was only half an hour of reduced opening hours here and there.

“There is such a big period of disruption after 10 p.m., 10:30 p.m. one evening, which could attract a different type of clientele.

“The noise pollution will encroach and undermine the rights of residents.”

It was also claimed that a lack of parking spaces around the bar would have a ripple effect on the surrounding streets.

And although the bar owner promised not to throw glass bottles outside the premises late at night, Mr Murphy said: ‘This is not a town center residence. It is a residential area. For all families of all age groups, any time after 7 p.m. is disruptive if glass bottles are broken.

But the panel of two local elected officials granted the request.

The verdict, which was read out in court, noted Mr. Hormetli’s experience and good record in the industry as one of the factors behind the decision.

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