The Greenville City Council spent a lot of time at its February meeting talking about liquor licenses.
By a vote of 3 to 2, a motion to establish a gaming café license was defeated by the council. Councilmen John Gillard, Mike Heath and Kyle Littlefield voted no with Mayor Alan Gaffner and Councilman Jes Adam voting yes.
A request for the license was made by Gene Hebenstreit of Litchfield, who wanted to open a gaming business in one of the spaces at the new Domino’s Pizza building in Greenville.
Greenville City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL staff was asked at last month’s council meeting to bring back an ordinance that would be available to open a gaming café that was not a restaurant. Willey said the ordinance was prepared and after discussion Tuesday night, the council turned it down. So a license is not available for a gaming-only business.
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The council then heard presentations from representatives of CC Food Mart and Moto Mart, both seeking pour licenses to add gaming to their Greenville sites.
Willey said there are no pour licenses for anyone selling package liquor except for License K, which is for a tobacco-related business. Between the January and February council meetings, two convenience stores, CC Food Mart and Motomart have requested a license that would allow them to pour a drink in order to be able to offer gaming at their locations. Both companies made presentations this week and staff was directed to prepare a license and bring it back to the March meeting.
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The city manager said Moto Mart would expand its building to the south, if a license was received. He stated that CC Food Marts’ plans have not been finalized, but currently it does not intend to add on.