At the last week’s NCPCA meeting members overwhelming adopted a motion asking the city to deny the restaurant / bar license. Some 70+ resedents attended the meeting. Residents were concerned about the late hour operation (until 2:00 am) during the weekend and excessive amount of liquor sales (45% of total sales) at the restaurant. There have also been concerns on the noise and prostitution problems in the residential neighborhood adjacent to the proposed restaurant. Residents frequently complained that gang members and prostitutes chased by the police often enter the neighborhood. They feel extremely uncomfortable for being possible suspects in these incidents.
Defending the council decision, council member Patrick Wojahn said “(the license agreement would ) require a 40% limit on revenue from alcohol sales and receiving an assurance that the restaurant would patrol its parking lot every half an hour after 11 pm.”
The licensing board is expected to approve its license after its hearing on January 26. The restaurant is expected to be open in March this year.