Publican weeds out bad eggs
THE new owner of Lismore’s Standard Hotel has defended the reputation of his establishment, despite its recent appearance on the State’s most violent pub’s list.
Sam Alaeddin, who cut his teeth in hospitality as the manager of McDonalds at Kings Cross, took over the Keen Street venue three months ago.
The experienced club owner said his establishment was trying to do the right thing when it came to the responsible service of alcohol.
Since taking over the hotel he has voluntarily adopted measures to curb alcohol-related violence.
They included no glassware, a 12.30am lock-out, no shots, no drinks with alcohol content greater than 5 per cent and a list of barred patrons which is shared with local police. That list now has more than 100 names on it.
The popular late-trading venue – which opens after midnight four nights a week – was placed on a NSW register of the top 48 most violent pubs in NSW in the time since these measures were adopted.
Mr Alaeddin said assault data presented to the Liquor Administration Board, which placed the Standard Hotel on the most violent list, was recorded prior to Mr Alaeddin taking over as its owner.
Already, one recorded assault has been removed from the Standard’s record, and a further seven out of 14 are under review.
As 12 reported assaults in the vicinity of the hotel is the magic number for appearing on the most violent list, Mr Alaeddin said the chances were reasonable his venue would be taken off the list after the review.
Also under review is the legislation surrounding how data is presented to the Liquor Administration Board.
Currently, assaults only have to be reported to police, and until recently venue owners could not get information about those assaults.
Mr Alaeddin said his barred list was proving a valuable tool in managing ‘bad egg customers’.
“My bouncers have no reasons for heave-hoeing customers out of the hotel. We simply give them three warnings and then call the police, who can issue a failure to quit fine of $550. The laws are pretty good,” he said.
“I just want to make the Standard a safe venue.”