Backlash over karaoke restaurant’s late night bid

Tang Restaurant, Fylde Road, Preston

Tang Restaurant, Fylde Road, Preston

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A karaoke restaurant is facing a backlash from neighbours after it launched a bid to open until 5am.

Bosses at Tang Chinese Restaurant in Preston’s Fylde Road want to sell alcohol until 4.30am each day, and play music until 5am.

The extended licence is mainly for the karaoke rooms – the restaurant will be closed. It’s karaoke and drink in the rooms, so there won’t be any cooking in the kitchen.

Mr Chan

But families living nearby fear the plans to extend the hours will cause problems in the area, and a special meeting is being held tonight.

Coun John Swindells, who represents University ward, said he had received complaints from residents in Steeple View and The Cloisters, and said the restaurant was within 10 metres of some of the bedroom windows.

He said: “In some places 5am closing is appropriate, but so close to housing it isn’t.”

He said a special Police and Communities Together (Pact) meeting had been called for residents to discuss the application and work out “the best way to object”.

The meeting will be held at St Walburge’s Church Hall at 6pm today.

Restaurant manager Robert Chan said Tang “always tried to work with the community”.

He said: “We have been trading here for quite a while now but the market we’re aiming at requires this sort of time scale.”

Mr Chan said the restaurant’s karaoke rooms were aimed mainly at students, and were designed to create a “party atmosphere”.

He said: “The extended licence is mainly for the karaoke rooms – the restaurant will be closed. It’s karaoke and drink in the rooms, so there won’t be any cooking in the kitchen.

“The kitchen will be closed after midnight.”

He said students liked to use karaoke during the proposed times, adding: “If we don’t give them that time frame we don’t get that business, and it affects the business. We know it’s not the best location, but it’s what we’ve got to work with. Ideally we would like a building in the commercial area near the discos, but unfortunately we’re not in that location.”

He said restaurant bosses would try to cooperate with neighbours and the community.

“We will listen to what they have to say and we’ll try to be as cooperative as we can.”