Northampton cafe could have licence removed after reports it is still operating as a ‘late bar’

Owners of Kass's Grill, on Wellingborough Road, Northampton have come under fire for continuing to operate as a 'late bar', it has been alleged.
Owners of Kass's Grill, on Wellingborough Road, Northampton have come under fire for continuing to operate as a 'late bar', it has been alleged.

Owners of a Northampton cafe could lose their operating licence after complaints that it is still operating as a ‘late bar’, despite a police intervention last summer.

Kass’s Bar and Grill on Wellingborough Road, was reviewed by Northampton Borough Council licencing committee last July after reports that it was not open during the day, that it did not serve food, and was playing loud music late at night.

An application to change the use of the premises to a late bar proved unsuccessful in October and the owners were told they must revert the premises back to its original cafe layout.

But the borough council has received complaints that drinking and loud music is allegedly continuing at the establishment into the early hours of the morning.

A letter submitted to the borough council in December by the landlord of a neighbouring residential property states: “These rules have been totally flouted, so much so that one of my tenants was man-handled out of their premises when he asked them to turn down the music at 4am last week.

“He is so distressed, because he has a responsible driving job and is unable to sleep because of the constant disturbances, that he is terminating the tenure of our flat.”

The venue opened in 2012 as a cafe promoting grilled African meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner – but when police visited last year they said that there was no evidence that the kitchen was in use, that there was a DJ booth set up and tables and chairs were pushed aside to create space for a ‘dance floor’.

The business is to come before Northampton Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee on Tuesday, March 31, at which the authority’s senior licensing officer Louise Faulkner will recommend the venue’s premises licence is revoked.

“It has been noted by me that the premises is still operating with exactly the same unauthorised layout and there are no signs of the work being undertaken,” she states in a submission to the licensing committee.

“The licence holder has been given the opportunity since October 28, 2014, to carry out the necessary work to revert the premises to its original state and it is considered a reasonable time has now elapsed.”

Ms Faulker, who adds that three complaints have been made about Kass’s since October 28, has recommended the premises licence is now revoked to ensure that the current licence holder ‘or any new trader’ is required to submit an application for a new premises licence with a new plan and operating schedule.