Patel Requests Sports Bar Liquor License From City Council

After 22 months without a tenant to operate a restaurant at the former Cunetto’s location in Greenville, the owner of the building, Amrish Patel is asking the city council for assistance

Patel appeared before the council at Tuesday’s meeting. He asked that the council consider making available a sports bar liquor license without a food sales requirement.

City ordinance currently requires restaurants with a city liquor license to have 51 percent of their business generated from food sales.

Patel told the council there has been interest by individuals to operate a business out of the building, located along Route 127, but when they found out about the food requirement, they lost interest.

City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL the license, if issued, would require a change to the city’s liquor ordinance. He believes the council did the right thing in asking him (Willey) to do more research into the matter and carefully craft the right ordinance, so they don’t end up with any unintended consequences. Click below to hear his comments:

Patel said that to replace lost jobs, generate sales tax revenue for the city, and increase room revenue at his adjacent Econolodge motel, he requests the council create a bar license without any food requirement. Patel reported, and the city manager concurred, there are surrounding cities that do not have the food requirement for restaurant licenses.