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Success in court for Edinburgh cafe

An Edinburgh wine-cafe has won a court order to remain open after the City Council closed it down, claiming it had breached Covid-19 regulations.

One20 Wine Cafe in Dundas Street, which is also an off-licence and art gallery, claimed the City of Edinburgh Council had not given sufficient reason to close the premises after a visit was followed by a prohibition notice on Monday.

Owners Ronnie and Kyle Reid said the cafe was forced to close after the council alleged it was trading in breach of Covid regulations – which they emphatically denied.

The cafe has been selling alcohol as an off-licence, but not in the cafe – all in line with regulations.
The cafe was granted an interim suspension order by the Court of Session after an online hearing today [Friday 23rd] – and remains open this weekend.

Elaine Motion, of Balfour+Manson, the legal firm which represented the cafe in court, said: “Our clients have all along stressed to the council that they have always complied with all Covid regulations, including the most recent ones dated 9 October, and will continue to do so.”

“We tried to engage the City Council to resolve this without having to revert to court but for whatever reason they chose not to. In truth, this is a David and Goliath story. Hopefully if there are any other cafes in a similar position they will engage positively with them. If not doubtless there will be more litigation.”

At the time of opening, the cafe said it would sell continental wines, cheese, charcuterie and patisserie from renowned Italian pâtissier Luigi Biasetto and would be the only place in Scotland to sell the luxury Italian-roasted coffee brand, Caffe Galliano.

The cafe reopens on the morning of Saturday 24 October business as usual (within Covid rules).