Proposed restaurant 'will be good neighbour'

Amigos owner James Emanuel makes his case for a drinking licence for an Amigos mexican restaurant...
Amigos owner James Emanuel makes his case for a drinking licence for an Amigos mexican restaurant in Alexandra at a District Licencing committee hearing yesterday at the district council chambers. PHOTO: TOM KITCHIN
The owners of a proposed Mexican restaurant in Alexandra insist people will be "drawn to dine, not drink", as residential neighbours of the site oppose the company's application for an alcohol licence.

A hearing was held at the Central Otago District Council chambers in Alexandra yesterday before the Central Otago District Licensing Committee of chairman Neil Gillespie, Dr Michael MacAvoy and Gordy Pay to consider an application from Amlex Ltd.

It has applied for an on-licence to run an AmiGos branch at 3 Deel St in Alexandra, around the corner from one of the town's main shopping areas in Tarbert St.

But some neighbours did not want it to go ahead.

Heather Trainor and her husband were two of those who objected to the licence.

"We have lived on Thompson St, Alexandra for 30 years," Mrs Trainor said.

"It is a quiet neighbourhood and we enjoy our life here, listening to the sound of native bird song. I, along with others in our community, go to bed early in the evenings and the prospect of Amigos operating 21 metres from our home ... has caused me unnecessary stress."

James Emanuel, who appeared at the hearing on behalf of Amlex Ltd, assured those living close to the proposed restaurant that he would be a good neighbour.

Council licensing inspector Linda Ferrier thought the granting of an on-licence would be consistent with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Mr Gillespie said a written decision would be made in 10 working days.

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