A Bannockburn couple's dream to establish a neighbourhood
cafe able to serve alcohol has been allowed by the Alcohol
Regulatory Licensing Authority, despite a neighbour's
Annette and John Burgess applied for an on-licence for The
Kitchen Bannockburn, seeking to serve local wine and beer and
serve evening meals, initially on a Friday and Saturday until
The application, heard in Queenstown last week, was opposed
by neighbour Bronwyn Stewart, who is also employed as the
manager of the Bannockburn Hotel, whose property is situated
between the two premises.
Mrs Burgess told the authority she and her husband, both
professional chefs, had bought the business in August last
year as a going concern, having always wanted to own a
At present the cafe was open from 8am until about 4pm.
However, it was ''not financially viable to operate The
Kitchen as a cafe''.
By being granted the licence, the couple would be able to
serve beer and wine, supporting producers in the area, along
with evening meals.
While the application was not opposed by police, the District
Licensing Authority or Public Health South, it was opposed by
Mrs Stewart and her husband.
Mrs Stewart told the authority the primary grounds for her
objection related to noise from the gravel car park at the
rear of The Kitchen; potential noise from diners using the
outdoor courtyard at night; and light spill from the car
park, which was near her bedroom.
However, she said she would be willing to reach a compromise
with the Burgesses, suggesting opening hours of 8am to 8pm
Monday to Thursday and 8am to 9.30pm on Fridays and
After a short adjournment, Judge John Hole said the authority
had decided to grant the application as sought.
''This is an application under the old Act, the old criteria
apply [and] this application fits squarely in it.
''As to noise ... regardless of the fact that we are granting
the licence, you have an obligation to consider your
neighbours and to make sure that the patrons keep the noise
to an acceptable level.
''That, to a degree, provides some comfort for Mrs Stewart.
She may not think so, but nevertheless it's there.''