More pub time

2015-05-05 06:00

An application for extended liquor hours at a popular night club has been approved.

The liquor license application for Swingers Pub and Restaurant was received by the Rondevlei subcouncil for approval and following a decision by all present, the extension of liquor trading hours was approved.

According to Rondevlei Subcouncil manager Okkie Manuels the application was approved at the last meeting.

“Although details are not yet published online due to the capturing process, I can confirm the application for extension of liquor trading hours at Swingers was approved.”

The pub, situated on Wetwyn Road in Wetton, currently has on-consumption hours between 11:00 and 04:00 which was approved during July last year.

In the motivation to extend these hours, business owner Kevin Harris says the venue is recognised as a “premier jazz venue.”

“It has become a popular tourist attraction for tourists as well as for locals. It is also a popular venue for tour guides who shuttle tourists and have a late-night drink after work,” he says.

He adds the venue has been known to operate after hours.

“Swingers has been known to operate as an after-hours business for the past 12 years. The establishment has a valid liquor license as well as a valid gaming license,” he adds.

The application went through the prescribed public participation process and was also handed to ward councillor Montgomery Oliver who had no objections.

Wetton resident Theo Harper says he has no problem with the establishment operating for longer.

“The pub is situated in an industrial area, which means they are not disturbing anybody. They have provided entertainment in the area for a very long time so it is only fair they are given the chance to boost their business with the extended hours,” Harper says. “Swingers has been around for more than 10 years in the area. Personally I haven’t had any negative experiences at the place.”

Another resident, who requested to remain anonymous, says even though the establishment may not be in a residential area, it could still infringe on other residents.

“The pub is just opposite a residential area. Even though it may be separated by a main road, you can hear when rowdy people leave the club anyway,” she says.

She adds this will not be the only concern.

“Fact of the matter is with the extension of liquor trading hours people will drink more. There are some irresponsible people who get in their cars and drive after a night out,” she says.

“If one place applies for extended trading hours in no time we will have establishments running all through the night serving alcohol. This will be disastrous.”


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