The Boundary Restaurant and Bar in Tamahere has been granted a liquor licence but an application for a licence for an associated wine shop has been refused.
The Waikato District Licensing Committee released its decisions today, following hearings that began in April, continued in May and June and at which concerns were raised that the Devine Rd business was going to be “one of the largest bars in the Waikato” with seating for up to 420 people.
The approved licence for the restaurant and bar also applies to the next door Forever Bound cafe, which opened in March. The Boundary has not opened pending the result of the application.
The licence allows The Boundary to open from 11am to 10pm seven days a week, Forever Bound from 8am to 4pm and areas common to the pair from 8am to 10pm. Alcohol can only be sold to diners for which there is capacity for around 300.
The Auckland-based Social Group, which own the restaurants, has been approached for comment.
The bottle store licence was refused on a number of grounds under the council’s Local Alcohol Policy, including its close proximity to Tamahere School, Lil Pumpkins Daycare, Tamahere Park and the nearby Four Square bottle store – just 43m away.
The committee also took note of concerns about the nuisance, litter, and disorderly behaviour that was already occurring in the area around the Tamahere Village hub.
“The Committee notes that the situation would be unlikely to improve with
the addition of a bottle store and there is genuine risk that these effects on amenity and good order could worsen,” it said in the 19-page decision.
The declined application was for a “wine shop” and it was described during the hearing by the Social Group director Gurpinder Kaur as a “boutique shop focused on selling premium products”.
However, it emerged in the hearing that the company also operated a bottle store in Auckland, Super Liquor Mangere, and was applying for a licence for another store in Pukekohe that would also be branded Super Liquor.
“[Ms Kaur] accepted that the proposed premises in Tamahere could later be changed to a Super Liquor outlet,” the decision recorded.
The decision can be appealed within the next 10 days.
It’s not known when The Boundary will open or what effect the failure to operate a wine shop will have on the enterprise.
General Manager Tajeet Takhar was not ready to comment when approached by the Forum.
Tamahere district councillor Aksel Bech was, however, pleased.
“I’m delighted that The Boundary Restaurant and Bar have gained their licence. Like many other locals, I am looking forward to taking the family there for a meal. The opening has been keenly anticipated – and will be welcome for lunch after Saturday sports or for dinner.
“The whole development is now very nearly full and along with the recent addition of the Council and Community Space, the vision for local hub is now nearly fully realised,” he said.
The two decisions in full are below: