A RESTAURATEUR who bought safety certificates on internet auction site eBay is back in business – and says he has learned his lesson.
Stephen Brennan, owner of Buddiez American Diner and Grill, was hauled before council licensing chiefs last December after trying to deceive health and safety officers.
The venue’s licence was suspended for six weeks after councillors ruled Mr Brennan had deliberately misled inspectors into believing the correct safety checks had been carried out.
But in reality gas and electrical installations at the restaurant on Red Bank Road, Bispham, were in a dangerous state.
Now Mr Brennan and partner Paul Matthews have now relocated their business to Topping Street in Blackpool town centre – and says he has learned his lesson.
Mr Brennan said: “Before the hearing we had already decided to close Red Bank Road because we had outgrown it. There were only 78 covers and we were turning 50 or 60 people away at weekends.
“We now have 110 covers and are really pleased with the way business is going, even before the start of the season.
“A huge number of clients who visited our Red Bank Road restaurant have followed us and we are getting a large number of families and tourists.
“We have learned our lesson the hard way and we were determined when we moved not to make the same mistakes, and we haven’t.
“Everything complies with health and safety requirements.”
Certificates are legally available on eBay for legitimate gas and electricity engineers to purchase, but Mr Brennan filled them in himself in order to “buy time”, while he found the money to carry out the necessary work.
Blackpool Council confirmed there were no outstanding issues with the new premises.