Noise, other ‘violations’ spark complaint vs. bar-A A +A
Monday, September 16, 2013
RESIDENTS of an upscale subdivision in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City are asking City Hall to close a resto-bar in the area for allegedly violating local ordinances.
Homeowners of Doña Rita Village complained that Barbecue Boss operates 24 hours with loud music, which is a violation of the City’s Anti-Noise Ordinance.
It also reportedly serves liquor to students of nearby universities.
In a letter addressed to Mayor Michael Rama, the Doña Rita Village Residents Association of Cebu Inc. asked the City to close Barbeque Boss, which is located near their subdivision and the University of San Carlos (USC) Talamban Campus.
“The said establishment is operating not just as a restaurant or eating place but also as a beer joint as it is selling low-priced beer to students for almost 24 hours each day with very loud music from midnight to sunrise,” the association said.
“The residents of Doña Rita as well as the surrounding neighbors of the community have long suffered from the business operations of Barbecue Boss,” they added.
The association, which is headed by Fortunata Po, said the establishment is violating the Cebu City Anti-Noise Ordinance because of its “intolerable noise until the wee hours of the morning.”
The noise disturbs the “peace and tranquility” in their community.
The association also alleged that the bar violated City Ordinance 1413 or the Cebu City Liquor Licensing Code, which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages within a three-meter radius from schools.
It also prohibits establishments from serving liquor to minors.
“The welfare of the students has clearly been compromised and adversely affected as the establishment is blatantly selling beer and alcohol to the students despite the existing ordinance,” they said.
The homeowners then said that if the City was able to close Kuerks Restobar near the USC main campus last July, it can also close Barbeque Boss.
Sun.Star Cebu tried to get the comment of the management of Barbeque Boss yesterday, but an employee said their manager was not in the office.
Kuerks was closed by the mayor after the City Treasurer’s Office found out that it has been delinquent in its tax obligations to the City.
It was also found to have violated the Anti-Noise Ordinance, it failed to secure a permit from the Liquor Licensing Commission, and it has not renewed its business permit for 2013.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 16, 2013.