Today we received the decision that the licensing authority and the politicians in the licensing committee want to withdraw the alcohol licence of eight of our fantastic pubs; restaurant Prinsen, Pas d’Art, East, Gastrotek Zink, Trattorian, Orangeriet, Pontonen, Il Tempo, Ricordi and Villa Godthem.
Without taking into account the consequences for our business or for that matter Stockholm's visitor and entertainment life, and without going through the details of our opinion, the politicians have gone along with the officials' decision. I can't help but wonder if they have even read our opinion. If they had, the decision would appear completely absurd. You can find our opinion here, please read it. It shows how, point by point, we have responded to all the objections with the utmost rigour and that there is no factual basis for the decision. We do not understand how the licensing authority decided to revoke our licences despite this. We cannot understand the decision in any other way than that we are being judged more harshly than our colleagues in the sector.
In ten years, my brother and I have bought and rebuilt 400 million worth of pubs. We have reinvested the surplus in the business, to enhance the guest experience and contribute to Stockholm's business and entertainment scene. Our restaurants, our employees, our guests are our life. We will continue to fight and fight for our cause. I believe with all my soul that there is a fair and functioning judicial system and that, thanks to it, we will win a trial in which the case is heard.
We have submitted the appeal and hope for a quick resolution. Our hope is that an injunction will be issued soon, giving us the right to serve alcohol until we get a ruling from the administrative court. We are confident that we will win the case in the administrative court.
Guests, craftsmen, employees and family, we ask for your patience. This is a day without a permit and we need your support and indulgence today and tomorrow, then everything will be back to normal.
We will continue to fight for what we know is right.
Filip Guven and Brasseriegruppen