Kirkwood Bar & Grill Liquor License Case Set For Nov. 22

Controversial bar seeks permanent liquor license

The Atlanta License & Review Board has scheduled a Nov. 22 hearing on the liquor license application for the controversial .

The bar at 1963 Hosea Williams Drive SE has been a lightening rod in the community since opening earlier this year.

Residents in and around Kirkwood Station, the mixed-use condominium complex where the bar is located, oppose the liquor license.

They say the bar has violated a number established homeowner association rules governing the Kirkwood Station complex, including being open past the hours businesses are allowed to be open.

Kirkwood residents also say the bar has also been a catalyst for crime — including a shooting — and violates local zoning oridnances by having mirrored glass on the storefront.

The problems have led to staunch , including the Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization and Neighborhood Planning Unit-O, which have both formally objected to the application.

Despite Kirkwood being a racially mixed community and Kirkwood Station being anchored by several minority-owned businesses, David Johnson, the bar's owner, says the opposition stems .


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