London restaurant in bother with council for ‘internet hosting unauthorized stomach dancing’

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A Persian restaurant is at risk of having its liquor and entertainment license revoked after multiple reports it hosted unauthorized shisha smoking and belly dancing events. Shanzelize in Kilburn is under scrutiny after Brent Council officials claimed it had breached the terms of its license on multiple occasions.

In a report to be submitted to the council’s licensing subcommittee, officials said the restaurant used an outdoor tented area to hold events not allowed under its current license. These included belly dancing performances, shisha smoking and nightly music events.

This was followed by a series of noise complaints from residents and evidence that the restaurant was operating outside of the hours permitted by its licence. One local resident said it was like living “in the middle of a live concert”, while others said it was “excruciatingly loud”, especially on weekends and bank holidays.

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The council officials’ report argued that the main restaurant area, which is authorized to serve alcohol and live entertainment until midnight every night, is used as a thoroughfare to get to a “nightclub” part of the site.

Officials suggested the current facility was “irresponsible,” a fact highlighted by “multiple complaints from residents regarding noise” and a lack of existing staff training. They said the council “exhausted all avenues” to encourage license holder Hashem Beik Mohammadi to improve things, but that it “didn’t take these matters seriously”.

The advice was backed by Metropolitan Police license officials who said they had “little confidence” Mr Mohammadi would be able to turn things around. Despite these concerns, a letter of support for the company was presented to the council.

It noted that the restaurant is “less frequented by emergency services” compared to other similar places in Kilburn and that its staff have always been “respectful” of those around them. The letter read: ‘The Shanzelize makes a contribution to Kilburn High Road. It adds to its liveliness and reflects its community. I would like to ask you not to de-license him but to encourage him to grow safely.”

The Local Democracy Reporting Service contacted The Shanzelize for comment.

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