The California style burger kitchen in Birmingham keeping residents up at night

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Residents living near a Californian style burger takeaway in Birmingham claim ‘loud music’ is keeping them up at night

Birmingham residents living near a California-style burger kitchen claim ‘loud music’ is keeping them up at night.

Burger Boi, based on Harborne high street, has applied for late-night music and alcohol licences. The takeaway has sought permission from Birmingham’s licensing committee to serve alcohol between 8am and 12pm, seven days a week.

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It has also asked for an hour extension on playing music indoors, from 11pm to midnight, again Monday to Sunday, and to extend its opening hours until 12.30am every day.

But residents who claim they’re already struggling to sleep due to noisy music coming from the family-run business are calling on the authority to throw out the application. Objectors believe the sale of alcohol will ‘exacerbate’ noise.

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One resident with epilepsy said they fear having a seizure without “sufficient” rest. The unnamed local said in their objection letter: “Burger Boi has music playing loudly from its kitchen from early morning to, sometimes, beyond midnight.

“We hear the loud music all day from the kitchen as they leave the door open. Even with all windows closed, we still hear the music and find it difficult to get to sleep. The additional opening time will only further exacerbate the situation. I am epileptic and, if I do not get sufficient sleep, there is a distinct risk of me having a seizure.”

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Nayna Gunchala, who lives next door to Burger Boi, claims he also hears “music blasting” from the eatery’s kitchen. Speaking before the council’s licence committee today, he said: “The kitchen door is always open so it doesn’t matter where we are in our home – we hear music at all times.

Telly Sarai, Burger Boi’s operations manager, said he has asked staff to close the kitchen door and will ensure music is not “audible” early in the morning or “last thing at night”. He added: “We are more than happy to work with residents – we’re not there to cause a nuisance.”

Responding to fears of anti-social behaviour from selling alcohol, Mr Sarai said: “80 per cent of our business is Uber Eats. So the majority of alcohol will, most likely, be consumed off the premises in people’s domestic environments. It will be served with food orders only. No one will just be coming in to buy alcohol.”

Mr Sarai, asked if he can provide assurances that school children will not be able to buy alcohol, said his staff are “fully aware” they need to do age verification checks. “There would be no issues with underage drinking at all,” he added.

Coun Sam Forsyth, chairing the meeting, said a decision on the application will be made in private. She added that the decision will be publicly available within five working days.

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