De Beauvoir restaurant handed license despite noise complaints

A Nigerian restaurant in De Beauvoir Town has been granted a licence despite objections from neighbours.

Councillors meeting at Hackney Town Hall on March 14 granted the licence to Jigudus, in Kingsland Road, from 10am until 11pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 10am until midnight on Thursday to Saturday.

One neighbour who wrote to complain said they were often disturbed by revellers and it was impossible to sleep. Another said that loud music reverberated through the block and could be heard in every room of their apartment.

Owner Lawrence Adepoju said the complaints were unsubstantiated and he had big plans for the Olympics.

He said: “I am absolutely happy with the decision. At the moment it is a restaurant where people can sit down, have a drink and enjoy food from all over Africa, not just Nigeria.”

“We want to contribute to Hackney with employment and by representing the borough during the Olympics.”

Confusion over the restaurant’s licence meant it was surrendered when Mr Adepoju took over in September 2010.

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Hackney police withdrew its original objection to the license after the owner agreed to stop serving alcohol no later than midnight on Thursday to Saturday.