Saturday, June 25

Business as usual on Brick Lane

“Business as usual on Brick Lane” says Mayor Lutfur Rahman after meeting with restaurateurs

Labour curfew claims dismissed as “nonsense”

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman and Spitalfields and Banglatown ward councillor, Gulam Robbani met with Brick Lane restaurant owners yesterday (6 February) to reassure them following claims by the Labour Party that a midnight curfew had been imposed without consultation.

After the meeting Mayor Lutfur Rahman said:

“I was pleased to meet the restaurateurs and reassure them that it’s business as usual for Brick Lane. The area is London’s curry capital and a vital hub for the local economy. We’re working closely with the traders to see how we can provide additional support and boost businesses.”

Cllr Gulam Robbani who called the meeting with the traders said:

“We’ve had a productive meeting with the restaurateurs reassuring them that there is ‘no 12 O’clock curfew’ operating. The claims from the opposition that Brick Lane curry houses are under threat from their own council is nothing but scaremongering local businesses at a time when they need leadership and support from elected officials to stay afloat during these difficult economic times.

As is common practice across other councils, we insist that restaurateurs operate within their licenses. Some restaurants have not kept to the terms of their licenses and we have asked them to either desist or apply for a late opening license.”

Brick Lane is one of the jewels in the crown of the borough’s restaurant trade and the council has been promoting the excellence of local businesses. A major event, with celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, is planned for 22 March to promote Brick Lane to visitors and boost trade in the area.

Press Release