Quo quo fights no-no on the hard stuff

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 April, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 April, 1995, 12:00am

ONE of the ritziest bars and restaurants in Hong Kong will fight to have its liquor licence application approved today after being caught selling alcohol illegally.

Quo quo, which opened in the Entertainment Building, Central, in December 1993 to acclaim for its stylish settings, menus and wine lists, will have its application heard by the Urban Council Liquor Licensing Board this morning.

But police have opposed the application, threatening future business in the establishment should the board reject it.

Quo quo boasts a clientele including top government officials, business people and celebrities.

Police refused yesterday to state reasons for opposing the application but sources claimed the restaurant, which sells wines at up to $6,000 a bottle, had previously been warned by authorities over illegal liquor sales.

The general manager for the establishment, Roiger Verhoeven, acknowledged that police had given a warning and said that government red tape made it difficult for a new business to start up.

'Due to government requirements, it takes a lot of time and effort to obtain a licence,' he said.

'If you have a bar or disco then of course sales of alcoholic beverages make up a large portion of its income, which is important with such high rental fees.' An Urban Services Department spokesman said a liquor licence could be obtained in as little as 15 days if applications were uncontested by inspectors from relevant departments, such as Fire Services and Buildings.

Two other applications, from Kam Hing Congee and Noodle Shop in Western and Dream Island Pub in Mongkok, will also be heard by the board today.