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Finchley Road ousted bar boss to run Kentish Town night

PUBLISHED: 12:35 16 November 2010

Bullet Bar

Bullet Bar

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A FINCHLEY Road bar manager – ousted by his brewery after police demanded a licensing review – is to set up again in Kentish Town.

About 30 residents attended a meeting organised by 147 Kentish Town Road owner Toby Mansourian, who used to run Finchley Road’s 3one7.

Residents were invited to air their fears over the reopening of the Bullet Bar club. The venue will replace the recently closed Flowerpot club.

Mr Mansourian has owned the premises for the last four years – although different management teams and licensees have run the property.

Many residents raised grievances with Mr Mansouarian and the police licensing officer PC Samantha Sheppard.

Mary Monoghan, who lives opposite the bar, said the name Bullet was inappropriate considering the fight against gun and knife crime in Camden.

Kate Gordon, of Castle Road, said: “I have lived here for years and it would be fantastic if someone could start a business that was more neighbourhood-friendly – somewhere families could come to.”

Other residents complained of loud music late at night, public urination and bins being overturned by revellers.

Mr Mansouian said the bar would be turning over a new leaf in its Bullet Bar reincarnation.

He said: “I am a family man. I am a father of two and a committed Christian. I don’t want anti-social behaviour on this street or any other street.”

PC Sheppard said that Mr Mansourian should be given “a fair crack of the whip”.

She added: “If Mr Mansourian and his management staff do not make the changes he will find himself at a review panel by my hand or your hand.”

Jules Tolchard, whose home overlooks Kentish Town Road opposite the bar, told the Ham&High: “I have started to sleep in my bathroom – the only room at the back of the property – so that I could get peace.

“I have fallen into a pit of despair. I thought I had found a beautiful, spacious flat but soon enough I found out I am living in hell.

“After Flowerpot closed, I thought it would be better. But on Friday and Saturday, the bar blew my flat out of the water with loud live music.

“If this is the manner in which Mr Mansourian wishes to reintroduce himself to the neighbourhood, then he is sticking two fingers right up at us.”

In September, Mr Mansourian was the manager of 3one7 on Finchley Road when a 12-year-old girl was found drunk after buying three pints and two whiskeys from the bar during a private party.

A catalogue of other problems, including another incident of serious underage drinking, prompted police to call for the venue’s licence to be fully revoked.

By the time of the review in October, the brewery owners had started legal proceedings against Mr Mansourian but the bar was still handed a month-long suspension by Camden Council.

The Ham&High tried to approach Mr Mansourian about the issues at 3one7 but he refused to comment only adding that he wanted a “fresh start” at Bullet Bar.

He added: “My policy is to keep it clean, keep it controlled and keep it safe.”


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