A POPULAR Portobello bar and restaurant has been forced to fold their breakfast menu after dozens of complaints from neighbouring residents.
The Espy on Bath Street had been offering their much-loved morning menu for ten years before the noise pollution complaints saw owner Amanda Caygill shelve the busy breakfast service.
She said: “All the breakfast deliveries came in too early. I asked the suppliers to change the times but it didn’t work.
“You get worn down by the complaints and I decided to stop the breakfasts.”
After trying to change suppliers so that deliveries would arrive at a reasonable hour, Amanda gave in to pressure and now only offers bacon rolls to her hungry punters instead of the former menu that featured eggs benedict, full fry-ups and Mexican-inspired huevos rancheros.
Disappointed Amanda, who lives above the beachside pub, understands the frustrations of her neighbours who formed a group to lodge a series of complaints against the business.
She said: “I told them I would do everything I could to make sure the noise was reduced but it would take a couple of weeks to get sorted. I had to source different suppliers and re-cost and change the menu.”
Neighbouring businesses have had similar complaints directed towards them, Amanda told the Evening News, but she is the first to make the radical change. She said: “It’s not nice when your neighbours don’t like you.”
Amanda had previously changed suppliers in an attempt to ease tensions but she found that the wholesale companies always preferred to deliver early in the morning.
She said: “I really tried so hard to make it work. It has been very stressful. The glass bins are emptied at around 4am every morning and every time I think, ‘I’m going to get so many complaints’.”
Two staff members have left after losing the breakfast-shift hours and now Amanda is trying to think of other ways to make up lost revenue as a result of stopping the popular menu.
Regular customers have been left disappointed by the move, with some offering to help appeal the decision. Jeanne Kocemba said: “What rubbish. I lived opposite then above The Espy for eight years and was never bothered by the noise. I even got used to the sound of recycled glass.”
Amanda added: “A lot of customers are very upset and want me to fight it but I don’t see any point in flogging a dead dog. I really do want to keep the peace and make sure everyone is happy.”
Last year, The Espy faced a 436 per cent rates rise before it was capped at 12.5 per cent.