November 8, 2007

Liquor License Approved For New Restaurant

A proposed restaurant to be located on the Memphis city square took another step closer to opening its doors.

On November 1st the Memphis City Council voted 3-0 to approve a liquor license for El Mescal restaurant which is located at 110 S. Market Street.

Owner Angelina Leon met with the council to review the proposal that will allow the business to sell intoxicating liquors by the drink as well as authorizing Sunday sales.

City Attorney David Peppard explained city ordinance stipulations regarding liquor licenses on the square. In 2005 the council had repealed a ban on liquor sales within 500 feet of the courthouse. That law had been in place since 1991. The new ordinance however established guidelines in an effort to insure such licenses would only be issued for restaurants.

Peppard noted that the license was issued specifically for a restaurant and would only be valid as long as no more than 20-percent of the facility’s proceeds were derived from the sale of alcohol.

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