Finsbury Park kebab shop E.Mono grilled by police over illegal hours
PUBLISHED: 15:48 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 18:06 06 October 2016
A famed kebab shop’s bid to dish out doners in Finsbury Park until 3am could go up in flames – because police say they’re already doing it illegally.
E.Mono, whose Kentish Town branch is a favourite of food critic Giles Coren, was forced out of its home in Station Place to earlier this year by TfL.
But since moving to a caravan by the bus station in Stroud Green Road, cops have said it has been regularly flouting the rules and operating into the early hours – despite having no licence and being literally across the road from a police station.
It also has no planning permission to operate as a takeaway in its current location, but none of this has stopped bosses from asking Islington Council for late-night opening hours.
The takeaway’s Kentish Town branch is a favourite of food critic Giles Coren.
But the application to open until 1am most nights and 3am Thursday to Sunday falls outside the recommended hours for takeaways and the caravan is in the Holloway and Finsbury Park cumulative impact area.
A report on the application states: “The applicant has been in discussions with the police and licensing authority, during this time although they have been repeatedly reminded that the premises does not have a licence for late night refreshment the premises has been found operating illegally.
“Therefore both have indicated they have no confidence in the management of the premises to comply with the licensable activities and will be making submissions at the committee for the application to be refused.”
Licensing police did however say the takeaway had engaged with police over installing CCTV and creating an “incident log”.
They said these should be added as conditions should the licence be granted, and called for an earlier closing time of 1am Thursday to Saturday.
A town hall meeting will decide on the application on Thursday next week.