Monday 18 May 2015
The party is over for two former Kings Cross bar operators who have been banned for life
from holding a liquor licence, after an unprecedented display of contempt for patrons’ safety
and law enforcement.
Acting Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said today the life bans were
the toughest sanction to be taken against a rogue operator in NSW under the Liquor Act.
The bans resulted from a special application brought by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and
Racing (OLGR) and the NSW Police Force to the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority. It
was against former licensee John Barakat and his close associate, venue manager Dominic
Kaikaty, who ran Kings Cross bar Déjà Vu between January 2013 and March 2014. The pair
no longer run the business.
Prior to the bans, prosecution and penalties were already imposed for a catalogue of serious
breaches and crimes that occurred under their management, including:
Offensive posts appearing on the venue’s Facebook page included a photo of Mr Barakat, Mr
Kaikaty and others with their middle fingers extended accompanied by a profane message to
Mr Grant said the venue was forced to shut down for 72 hours in March 2014 but the
contempt showed by these individuals warranted the exceptional action of life bans.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will not tolerate licensees running a venue like
it’s a Hangover movie. Operating a licensed venue carries serious responsibilities to
community and patron safety,’’ Mr Grant said.
“The contempt they showed for authorities is extraordinary and as a result of Government
action the party is now well and truly over for these two.’’