Liquor-sales request reconsidered

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But when the matter came up again this week, Warner, who had voted with Councilmen Bob Henderson and Owen Newcomer to deny the permit, said she had new information and asked for another hearing. Warner, Mayor Greg Nordbak and Councilman Doug Lopez then voted for a new hearing. Henderson and Newcomer remained opposed. “There’s additional information I became aware of after the public hearing closed,” Warner said. “What I’ve become aware of is that procedure (to secure a liquor license) is extremely intricate. I have asked that staff give us a presentation. Whether it has a bearing, I don’t know.” Steve’s BBQ is licensed to sell beer and wine. But the eatery needs the city permit before it can receive a hard-liquor license from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said Jeff Collier, director of community development. Warner said that, while she asked for a new hearing, it doesn’t mean she will vote to grant Steve’s a liquor permit. WHITTIER – An Uptown restaurant will get another chance to state its case for liquor sales after the City Council this week reversed a previous decision. Steve’s BBQ was granted a new hearing on its request for a permit to sell hard liquor – to Steve’s BBQ – after Councilwoman Cathy Warner changed her mind and voted Tuesday in favor of granting a new hearing. The new hearing is set for Nov. 22. The council previously voted 3-2 Sept. 13 to deny Steve’s BBQ’s permit application. “I want to have us hear all the pertinent information and see how that fits in the picture,” she said. “As to how I would vote, that remains to be seen.” Concerns about noise and Steve’s BBQ customers overflowing outside and onto sidewalks prompted the council to deny the original request, members said at the time. “He has live music frequently with the doors open,” Newcomer said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “It’s really loud to surrounding businesses.” While he believes owner Steve Hernandez has made progress in remedying the problems, Newcomer said he is waiting to see if all the problems are corrected. Nordbak said he voted to grant the permit because the noise and overflow problems have nothing to do with the request to sell liquor. Hernandez’s wife, Filomena, said the restaurant has since turned down the noise level and is making sure its doors are closed when music is going. “Once you do that, you barely hear it outside,” she said. [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img