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NPU-M Votes to Support License Application For Edgewood Avenue Lounge

Owner promises to keep order, limit noise

Members of Neighborhood Planning Unit-M voted Monday to support the liquor license application for the Indigo Bar & Lounge at 619 Edgewood Ave.

Owners of the bar, located in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, pledged their operation would not be disruptive to nearby homeowners.

The two principals — Kevin Woods and LeQuarmie Carter — promised they would have off-duty, uniformed Atlanta police officers during operating hours, would not put speakers on the patio and would remove graffiti from the property.

Neighborhood Planning Units, or NPUs, are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the mayor and Atlanta City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues.

NPU-M, which includes the Old Fourth Ward, Sweet Auburn, Downtown and Castleberry Hill neighborhoods, is one of 25 such planning groups in the city.

NPU-M also voted to support the change of agent application for the Luckie Street Grocery at 388 Luckie St.

The previous owner of the store, which has been in business for 18 years, died.

When the new owner, Chun Bin Ku, sought support from the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Marietta Street Artery, Downtown residents and business owners said the store was a magnet for vagrants and trash.

Both groups gave their OK to the request after Chun promised not to sell single bottles of alcohol, keep the homeless from congregating in front of the store, clean the trash from the storefront regularly and carry a better mix of items catering more to tourists.

Chun told NPU-M members she did all of those things and increased the prices on alcoholic beverages the store sells.

Chris H May 24, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Just makes you wonder what kind of place this will be if they already know they are going to need a cop at the door at all times. I go to places that don't need police for a reason. They are safe.
Péralte Paul (Editor) May 24, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Not necessarily, Chris. Anytime you have a lot of people and alcohol, there's always the potential for a little drama. Lots of clubs have bouncers to try and keep order, but in this case, they say they'll have officers, who have full police powers and the authority to enforce the laws of this state. There was another bar that came up before the NPU last night — I didn't write about it because it's outside East Atlanta Patch's coverage area — that didn't get the thumbs up from the NPU members because of what neighborhood residents said were repeated violations and broken promises as it relates to noise and related quality of life issues. This, after the owner said she has new management in place and they would have off-duty APD work security.

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