A NORTH Perth venue is seeking City of Vincent permission to sell alcohol from 7am to save it from a tough “economic squeeze”.
In June last year, Vincent Compliance services discovered The Old Laundry on Angove Street was in breach of council regulations by hosting customers in its rear courtyard.
Approval for the outdoor eating area was granted for 12 months but lapsed on July 24, 2013 and renewal was not lodged.
In a letter to the City on behalf of the owner, Bruce Arnold from Bruce Arnold Architect said the matter was “accidentally overlooked” and also sought an extension to the hours that alcohol can be sold.
The letter requested permission to sell alcohol from 7am, seven days a week, in response to the shaky state of the hospitality economy.
He wrote that events had to be turned away in the past due to the time restrictions for selling alcohol.
When speaking to the Guardian Express, Mr Arnold said the hope was to have an edge over the competition.
“It is not about binge drinking; we just want to offer a broader scope and extend our service and have women in the morning who want a champers with breakfast.
“I was just in Sydney and there are places that allow it; I think it would be worse to extend the licence later to 2am.”
In his application letter, Mr Arnold said: “The hospitality trade is currently feeling the economic squeeze and as a venue, we see this as an extremely important revenue stream for the future”.
Councillors will decide on the request tonight.