Restaurant may lose license due to unauthorized belly dancing and shisha events

A Persian restaurant is at risk of having its liquor and entertainment license revoked following several reports of unauthorized hookah and belly dancing events.

Shanzelize, in Kilburn, is under scrutiny after Brent Council officers claimed he breached the terms of his license on several occasions.

In a report to be presented to the council’s licensing subcommittee, officers explained that the restaurant was using an outdoor tent area to hold events not permitted under its current licence.

These included belly dancing shows, shisha smoking and late night musical events.

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This followed a number of noise complaints from local residents and evidence that the restaurant was open outside its licensed hours.

One resident said it was like living “in the middle of a live concert”, while others said it was “unbearably noisy”, especially on weekends and public holidays.

The council officers’ report argued that the main restaurant area, which is licensed to serve alcohol and hold live entertainment until midnight each evening, is being used as a thoroughfare to get to a party.” nightclub” of the site.

Officers have suggested the current setup is ‘irresponsible’, a fact highlighted by ‘several noise complaints from residents’ and a lack of training for staff in place.

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They said the board had “exhausted all avenues” to encourage licensee Hashem Beik Mohammadi to improve matters, but “did not address these issues seriously”.

The advice was backed by licensing officers from the Metropolitan Police, who said they had “little confidence” in Mr Mohammadi’s ability to turn things around.

Despite these concerns, a letter of support for the company was submitted to the board.

He noted that the restaurant is ‘less frequented by the emergency services’ compared to other similar locations in Kilburn and that its staff have always been ‘respectful’ of their surroundings.

The letter read: “The Shanzelize contributes to Kilburn High Rd. It adds to its vibrancy and reflects its community. I would ask you not to revoke its license but to encourage it to develop safely.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service has contacted The Shanzelize for comment.

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