A decision whether to grant a licence to a proposed a new venue part-funded by Premier League footballers is set to be made on Monday.
The owners of La Sala restaurant, due to open in Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, have applied to stay open until 2am every day.
The business counts England internationals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling as shareholders.
The licensing sub-committee is due to meet at 10.30am on Monday at Ilford Town Hall to decide on the application, which asks for permission to show films and host live and recorded music.
Councillor Paul Canal and 27 local residents have called for the application to be rejected, or an earlier closing time set.
In a statement the council’s Licensing Enforcement Team said: “There are no conditions offered in the applicant’s operating schedule that would prevent the premises operating as a late night bar, nor any conditions which confirm its status as a restaurant.”
La Sala UK chairman James Horler refuted claims that the new venue on the site of the former White Hart Inn would operate as a late night bar.
He told the Guardian last month: “A late license is better than kicking people out at 12.30 where there is more likely to be noise and anti social behaviour.
“We will be a 70 per cent food led restaurant and have invested £1.5 million into the building.
“It will not be a nightclub”
A La Sala restaurant in Marbellla is currently locked in a dispute with neighbours over claims of noise disruption.