Alum Rock cafe and restaurant should close earlier to avoid ‘public nuisance’

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A late night cafe and restaurant in alum rock may be forced to close earlier to avoid causing a public nuisance. Chai Bar on Alum Rock Road is currently being reviewed by Birmingham City Council and could close at 2 a.m. instead of 3 a.m., Monday to Sunday.

The venue, which received a food hygiene rating of 1 earlier this year, applied for the license to serve late-night refreshments between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. in April 2022, but was pushed back. Planning Officers said later opening hours would lead to ‘increased noise and disruption’, thus leading to ‘creation of public nuisance’.

He said he had ‘changed everything’ to improve since the hygiene rating was issued and was now waiting to be re-inspected.

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Chai Bar does not serve alcohol but offers tea, coffee, desserts and snacks to patrons until the wee hours of the morning. A terrace at the front of the site has picnic tables where guests can sit and overlooks Alum Rock Road, while residences are nearby.

In addition to changing hours of operation, the venue may also be required to put up signs reminding patrons to consider local residents when leaving.

Two Chai Bar planning requests were recently submitted, one of which was to use a shipping container for hot food takeout in 2020. The other was to build a larger terrace to accommodate more customers from cafe in 2021. Both were refused by Birmingham City Council. on the grounds that they did not understand the main features of the surrounding area, among other reasons.

After giving the Chai Bar a food hygiene rating of 1 out of 5 in January 2022, the Food Standards Agency said the site’s food safety management needed “major improvements”. They also added that hygienic food handling, including preparation, cooking and storage, needed to be improved.

On their food hygiene assessment, Chai Bar told the LDRS: “We have resubmitted an application to the Food Standards Agency and sent proof that we have changed everything. We are a new company and we have made sure that it’s all done, we’re just waiting for someone to come out now.”

City leaders will meet next Monday, June 6, to learn more about the case and to officially decide Chair Bar’s hours of operation.

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