Caroline Street takeaway to have ‘bouncers’ on the doors

January 27, 2011 2 Comments »
Caroline Street takeaway to have ‘bouncers’ on the doors


A Caroline Street takeaway will become the second in the city to have bouncers on its doors.

A district judge has ruled fast-food outlet Griller will need door staff to keep the peace on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The takeaway had an appeal upheld by Cardiff magistrates court to serve food until 5am, but fears over late-night alcohol related crime brought in the condition.

Waseem Sheikh, managing director of Griller UK, said it was over the top to have doormen on a takeaway.

He said: “Of course it’s too much. But we took the condition as it’s worth being open for more hours.

“We hope in two months time the council will see we don’t need to have doormen and will remove the condition. If they don’t, we’ll have to go back to court again.”

Mr Sheikh said of his 39 other branches he had only had to put bouncers on the door once, in Bedford.

Griller joins Mamma’s on Chippy Lane as the only other takeaway required to employ SIA (Security Industry Association) door staff.

Khalid Naeem (pictured above), who owns Griller, said: “I have lived in this city for 31 years and I wanted to open my business in the heart of the city. This decision is definitely good for business and good for Caroline Street.

“I don’t think there’s any other takeaways which need door staff on the street but we respect the decision of the court.”

Chair of Cardiff council licensing committee Ed Bridges said: “It’s disappointing the magistrates have chosen to overturn this decision.

“With Griller our reasoning was Caroline Street is a beacon for late-night drinkers and we’re trying to avoid people congregating in one place.

“While the businesses don’t sell alcohol, it’s about a lot of drunk people going there at the same time.”

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  1. Nate C January 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Dumb. That is all.

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