Council curfew could destroy Brick Lane

Restaurant owners in Brick Lane fear they may be driven out of business by a council curfew.

Tower Hamlets Council has told restaurants at the world famous curry destination they are now banned from serving customers after midnight, even if they hold a late licence.

The council is imposing the curfew in a bid to cut anti-social behaviour,

However businesses have said they rely on late night trade for up to a third of their income and many restaurants will be forced to close if they cannot pay their rent.

Azmal Hussain, who owns four restaurants on the street and is vice chairman of the Brick Lane Restaurateurs Association, told the Evening Standard: “This has come completely out of the blue. We get a lot of customers during 12pm and 2am. We have no lunch trade so if we have no late night trade how can we survive?

“I predict 30% of the restaurants will be gone within three months. They can’t pay their rent. If there are no restaurants Brick Lane will be nothing.”

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