A date has been set for the next round between the owners of the Imperial Hotel and the City of Sydney in their dispute over patron numbers.The Land and Environment Court will first look at the allegations on 25 June, but a full hearing date will come later.

Imperial owner Shadd Danesi was granted a capacity increase to 442 patrons last year, but he is seeking an increase to 788 patrons to take into account the refurbished downstairs club floor.

It will be the first confrontation in a court for the inner-west venue and the council since their 2003 dispute over lost paperwork for a 24-hour trading licence, where the court ruled in favour of the hotel.

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