In September, Amrish Patel, owner of Econo Lodge and the adjacent building formerly used as a restaurant, addressed the Greenville City Council to request a liquor license be added to allow him to open a sports bar that would not meet the 51 percent food requirement for a Class D restaurant liquor license.
For 23 months, he has been unable to find a tenant for the restaurant, but he told the council he believes one is possible for a sports bar.
The council directed City Manager Dave Willey to research the matter.
At Tuesday’s October council meeting, Willey presented two options for the council to consider.
He told WGEL the options include a motel area liquor license and a general liquor license. Both would allow liquor to be served in a non-restaurant environment.
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Willey said the proposals would give the council the ability to set aside zones where unrestricted liquor sales would not be allowed.
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No action was taken by councilmen on the topic. They asked the city manager to compose ordinances incorporating the proposals he presented.