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Street Feast’s Hawker Union could close just three months after opening

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Street Feast’s Hawker Union could close just three months after opening

London Union has said difficulties with local authorities could see it “out of Wood Green at the end of September”, just three months after opening its street food market in the area. 

The company behind the Street Feast brand has been vocal about the problems it has experienced with gaining licensing and planning approvals for its latest venture Hawker Union.

Just days before the opening of the site at the end of June, London Union founder Jonathan Downey revealed he was still fighting to secure a permanent licence.

Today Downey, who has said London Union has invested £450,000 in the project, told The Caterer: “We had such a wonderful reception and some incredible support in Woolwich [the site of London Union’s previous opening, Public] to what we were doing that we half expected we would get the same reception and response from the local authority in Haringey and Wood Green. But the opposite has been true. They have tried everything they can to stop us from getting licensing, planning permission, and building control sign off and I do not understand why, so we will take our show elsewhere.

“We started out as a nomadic street food circus and it seems that’s still part of our business plan.”

Hawker Union, in the former Olympia Industrial Estate, was London Union’s sixth site in the capital.

The site incorporated six street food traders and five bars as well as trampolines, pool tables and big screens.

London Union’s other Street Feast venues include Hawker House in Canada Water, Model Market in Lewisham, Dinerama in Shoreditch, Giant Robot in Canary Wharf and Public in Woolwich.

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