Tuesday 8 July 2014 [PDF, 46kb]
Kings Cross licensed venue Déjà vu has been ordered to pay more than $23,000 in fines and costs and had its liquor licence suspended following serious breaches of the liquor laws.
The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) prosecuted the licensee of Déjà vu, John Barakat, for five breaches of the State’s responsible service of alcohol laws and special conditions designed to reduce intoxication and violence and anti-social behaviour.
Following a guilty plea to all five offences, Mr Barakat was convicted in Downing Centre Local Court on Monday (7 July 2014).
He was fined a total of $18,732, ordered to pay $5,000 in professional costs to OLGR and had his liquor licence suspended for three months.
Déjà vu operated under an on-premises (restaurant) liquor licence with a primary service authorisation.
However, the court found that CCTV footage of the venue clearly showed it operating as a bar or nightclub as opposed to a dining restaurant.
OLGR inspectors carried out covert inspections of the venue last year and detected the following breaches:
OLGR Executive Director Paul Newson welcomed the court’s decision saying it sent a strong message to all licensees that they faced serious consequences if they repeatedly breach the liquor laws.
"OLGR maintains an active presence in high-risk precincts and is actively targeting irresponsible liquor promotions and compliance with responsible service of alcohol requirements. OLGR will take enforcement action against any licensee identified as operating irresponsibly," Mr Newson said.
"This venue is in a high-risk precinct subject to special conditions to prevent and reduce intoxication and violence and compliance with the liquor laws is essential to protect patrons and the community at large.