Town delays beer permit

Monday, July 14, 2008
Tribune photo by Clint Confehr Chapel Hill Aldermen Henry Frame, left, and Bucko Bryant, right, are two of three town Beer Board members who decided to delay a decision for a permit to sell beer by the drink at Sambo's Barbecue. Beer Board member Jim Ricketts was absent.

CHAPEL HILL -- Citing concerns about public safety and the number of exits at a barbecue restaurant that's requested a permit to sell beer with sandwiches, the town's Beer Board on Tuesday voted to delay its decision on the request.

Alderman Henry Frame raised the issue about how Sambo's Barbecue restaurant is laid out since proprietor Tina Wesson expanded the store, which already has a retail permit to sell carry out beer. Beer sales by the drink at restaurants was authorized by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on May 12.

Applications for permits were accepted starting May 27. Since then, a permit has been issued to Las Fiestas, the Mexican restaurant across Horton Highway from Forrest High School.

Late last summer, Wesson asked for permission to sell to customers who want to drink a beer when they eat a sandwich at her restaurant on Horton Highway near State Route 99. The reason she gave was that golfers come from Henry Horton State Park asking to drink a beer with their ...Pick up a copy of Friday, July 11, 2008 for entire story.