The owner of a Korean restaurant in Sydney’s CBD is in hot water after a group of diners became so drunk that they were found passed out on the street.
The incident occurred in October last year when a group of five attended the Haru Fusion Soju Lounge on Castlereagh St for a birthday dinner.
NSW Police allege workers served up to 86 shots of soju, a Korean liquor, to the group over a six-hour period.
Two diners, a man and a woman, became so intoxicated that police later found them both passed out on the footpath.
At about 1.35am on October 11, police attended to the unconscious woman who was found outside the venue in a pool of her own vomit.
The man was also found nearby passed out and covered in vomit.
It is understood the man had earlier been lying unconscious on the road before road workers moved him to the footpath.
The woman who was found unconscious was seen on CCTV being carried out of the venue by two other members of the group.
Both patrons were taken to hospital by ambulance.
CCTV footage showed a female staff member walk past without taking action as a male diner as he slept with his head on the table at the restaurant.
Another man can be seen losing his balance and falling over.
Licensee Chris Chang has had a strike imposed against him by the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority under the NSW Government’s Three Strikes disciplinary scheme.
Authority chair Philip Crawford said it would be hard to find a more serious case of a venue showing blatant disregard for responsible service of alcohol obligations.
“It is almost beyond belief that venue staff could serve such a large amount of alcohol to a group of five patrons and not take any steps to avoid extreme intoxication,” Mr Crawford said.
“The fact one of the patrons was passed out on the road highlights the risk of serious injury or death.
“The Authority will consider imposing a range of special conditions on the venue’s liquor licence, as well as winding back the venue’s trading hours.”
Licensees with strikes face a range of remedial action and those incurring three strikes can have their licences suspended or be permanently removed from the industry.