The proposed plan by Mexican fast-food chain Guzman y Gomez to operate a 24-hour restaurant in Mosman has been met with strong opposition from residents.
The store, which was set to become the chain’s first 24/7 venue in NSW, has now back pedalled after community backlash, and will instead seek to operate from 6am to 10pm.
As first reported in Mosman Collective, the popular franchise had hoped to serve tacos and burritos around the clock.
As first reported in Mosman Collective, the popular franchise had hoped to serve tacos and burritos around the clock, with a liquor license at 890 Military Rd.
In the month since publication, more than 130 residents have written to Mosman Council calling for the project to be rejected, with scores more signing a petition claiming the eatery will attract “riff-raff”.
Guzman y Gomez lodged the amendment on January 17, “to address community concerns.”
“This amendment of the current application aims to resolve the items raised by the community during the notification period along with discussions with Council,” the letter states, “based on review, the main contention was regarding the 24-hour 7 day trade.”
“It is therefore requested to amend the current application to revise the proposed trading hours to between 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week.”
More than 130 locals have written to Council calling for the proposal to be rejected.
Submissions from residents have centred on noise, anti-social behaviour, heritage impacts, traffic and the store’s potential to shatter the suburb’s ambience.
Lloyd Pickering, a local resident, voiced concerns over the proposal’s impact on the quality of life, suggesting that a 24/7 operation could harm the “quality of life”.
“Our neighbourhood has been known for its tranquillity in the evening, and many residents, including myself, chose to live here specifically for the peaceful atmosphere in the evening it offers. The introduction of a 24-hour restaurant has the potential to disrupt this tranquillity,” Mr Pickering said.
If approved, Guzman y Gomez will open at 890 Military Rd, Mosman, in the old St George bank building.
Julie Simpson, who lives nearby, echoed this sentiment.
“I say NO to any 24-hour cafe, restaurant or shop development in Mosman to save the health, peace and sanity of our residents in this beautiful suburb to stop greed from outsiders ripping us off,” she said in her submission.
Judy Savage said opening a GYG on Military Rd would be a “business disaster”.
“As anyone in Mosman knows, you can fire a cannon down the street at 9.30 pm,” she said.
Guzman y Gomez lodged an amendment on January 17, “to address community concerns”.