In Response To: The Asylum's Liquor License Controversy

With building within inches of a house, there's no question about distance.

As far as he's concerned, there's no wiggle room or squabbling about the city's intent when it instituted a rule that any establishment serving hard liquor be at least 300 feet from the nearest residential property.

In this Patch Voices editorial, Ed Gilgor, chairman of Neighborhood Planning Unit-W, explains why the group the liquor license application by the .

RD May 31, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Did Echo Lounge and Icehouse have the same restrictions placed on them regarding alcohol, or is this a new[ly enforced] ordinance?
Josh May 31, 2012 at 03:23 PM
As I understand it, Icehouse only had a beer & wine license...which I suppose has lighter restrictions.
skullcap May 31, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Seems like an ambitious business owner has put the cart before the horse. They've invested in tear-out and build out before even building community support for their business and the licenses it's required to obtain. Coming before the NPU with a controversial proposal AFTER investing resources on reliance of approval is anticipatory and looks like arrogance, not stewardship of the community's interest in having a good neighbor and a good business.
Péralte Paul (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Hey, Josh: That's true. An establishment selling only beer & wine is not subject to the 300-feet distance rule. The hard stuff, like whiskey and vodka, does have that requirement.
SO May 31, 2012 at 11:02 PM
What the difference does it make, do any of the residents living in the 3 or 4 houses mentioned care if whisky or vodka is served less than 300ft from their homes... I understand it's the "law", but why?
Chris Murphy June 01, 2012 at 11:50 AM
You sure about that, Peralte? The distance requirement applies to convenience stores, for instance (i.e., retail beer & wine).
Péralte Paul (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Hi, Chris Murphy: I was referencing restaurants, specifically, but I will double-check. And get back to you.


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