A restaurant that boasts of sending diners to hospital with “insane” meal challenges is facing a backlash from neighbours over plans to super-size its opening hours.
Man vs Food London restaurant, which boasts of making diners vomit at tables, angers neighbours with plans to stay open until midnight
Man vs Food London, which serves metre-long hot dogs and a 3kg cheeseburger named the “Big ol’ Belly Buster”, has been accused of attracting “unsavoury” customers to a quiet west London neighbourhood - writes standard.co.uk.
According to its own publicity, 20 people have been sent directly to hospital after being defeated by the diner’s menu.
One man suffered a heart attack, and many are “sick at their table”, according to its website.
Diners brave enough to take on the restaurant’s “Fire in the Hole” challenge – five chicken wings slathered in Naga Ghost chilli – must sign a waiver form and wear plastic gloves for protection.
Bosses at the Texas-themed restaurant in Isleworth, west London, have now applied to extend its licence from 10pm until midnight at weekends, and to serve alcohol on tables outside until 10pm seven days a week.
Residents in Syon Lane have said they are “mortified” by the bid.
One woman, who has lived in the area for 33 years, said: “It’s predominantly a residential area and we already get unsavoury behaviour because of the restaurant. I have had guys vomiting and urinating outside my doorstep, it’s appalling.
“We often have ambulances coming by late at night because of the nature of what they do with the food challenges. That will only get worse with extended opening hours, I don’t agree with it at all because it’s noisy enough as it is.”
In a written objection, Gerry Stevens, vice-chairman of the Osterley & Wyke Green Residents’ Association, said: “Approval of this extension could well result in attracting the ‘wrong’ type of clientele and outbreaks of anti-social behaviour.”
Six other people have written letters objecting to the application, which will be heard by Hounslow council’s licencing committee tonight.
Raj Chadha said his 11-year-old son was too scared to walk past the restaurant, where he claimed he has witnessed people being threatened with machetes, adding: “This is not a family restaurant.”
Another wrote: “This is mainly a residential road and you have to give consideration to residents who pay a very large council tax for the advantage of living in a decent area.”
Man vs Food has been contacted for comment.
In its application, the owners say they will do “all that is reasonably possible to reduce and prevent crime and disorder”.
They add: “The regulation of behaviour on the premises is paramount, along with the management of customers’ behaviour in and around the immediate vicinity of the premises.”
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