China Town ‘under threat’ from invasion of bookies driving restaurants out

Posted on September 5, 2013 by admin
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The future of Chinatown is threatened by a betting shop invasion that is driving out its traditional Chinese restaurants, a community leader has warned.

Christine Yau, chairman of London Chinese Community Centre, has written to Mayor Boris Johnson and Eric Pickles expressing her alarm after an application for a tenth betting shop in the small West End enclave was lodged last month.

The operators of the proposed new bookies, called Hoolabet, have applied for a gambling licence for 47 Gerrard Street, until recently occupied by one of Chinatown’s longest established restaurants The Friendly Inn.

If, as expected, it gets go ahead the two storey Hoolabet shop will be next to a branch of Ladbrokes, a few doors from Paddy Power and close to a “gigantic” Betfred at the other end of Gerrard Street.

Read the full article on the London Evening Standard online.