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Norwich man ‘with name on house’ denies home is restaurant

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Neighbours complained after the man installed a large sign above his front door and sent out flyers inviting people to ‘book a table for sushi’.

A man has denied running a Japanese restaurant from his home, despite neighbours’ complaints and a large illuminated sign hanging above his front door.

Norwich City Council said it is investigating the address on Earlham Road in Norwich, which features a large sign reading “ORLANDO’S” above the door, a phone number and a web address.

The property on Earlham Road
Mr Williams denies the property is being used as a restaurant (Andrew Unwin/PA)

When asked about the sign by the Eastern Daily Press newspaper, Mr Williams reportedly said: “All I do, I have my name on my house.

“There is no restaurant there.”

The Norwich address at night, with the illuminated sign
The Norwich address at night, with the illuminated sign (Andrew Unwin/PA)

On Thursday, the council approved an application for the property to be used as a bed and breakfast but such approval does not allow the business to serve alcohol or operate as a restaurant.

A council spokesman said officials are investigating.

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The Facebook page for Sakura Yakiniku announced the restaurant had re-opened at the Earlham Road address in October 2018 after “temporary” closure in 2015.

A screenshot from the Facebook page for the Sakura Yakiniku restaurant
A screenshot from the Facebook page for the Sakura Yakiniku restaurant (Facebook/PA)

“The city council said the problem they’ve got with enforcement is that until they see him using it they can’t do anything about it.”

A flyer shared on Facebook in October invites customers to “book a table for sushi” at Orlando’s on Earlham Road, along with the caption “open EVERYDAY from 16:00 to 22:00”.

A flyer shared online invites people to book a table at Orlando’s (Scott Lawrence/PA)

A Norwich City Council spokesman said: “We’re in the middle of two ongoing investigations into possible breaches of planning and food safety regulations, which may have legal consequences, so we can’t provide specific details which may form part of this investigation and which could jeopardise the case.”

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