Fooducopia's Corner Store and Cafe has a liquor-license hearing tonight -- and a fight
Tonight, at 6 p.m., Fooducopia's Corner Store and Cafe, a charming market that sells a huge array of local products -- and serves many of those products in its adjoining little restaurant, will appear in front of a hearings officer at 6 p.m. in the Wellington Webb building to plead its case for a liquor license.
In the majority of cases, obtaining a liquor license goes relatively smoothly...unless you're a restaurant or bar in west Washington Park, in which case, there's bound to be opposition.
- First look: Fooducopia's Corner Store and Cafe opens in the heart of Washington Park
- Brown Dog Pizza loses its battle to get a liquor license on South Gaylord Street
- Brown Dog Pizza applies for a liquor license
Remember the kerfuffle that surrounded Brown Dog Pizza, a small, family-owned, independent pizzeria that got its start in Telluride and wanted to open a second outpost on South Gaylord Street? That didn't go well at all for Brown Dog owners Jeff Smokevitch and Giles Flanigan, who were strongly opposed by a few vocal human pit bulls in the 'hood who reduced Brown Dog's bark to a whimper.
The owners never did get their liquor license, which would have allowed the duo to pour beer, wine and spirits. Instead, that space is now a chain: Il Vicino, another pizza joint that did get a liquor license, albeit just beer and wine -- and at least one of the neighbors who lives in very close proximity to Il Vicino is still bristling at the fact that there's a restaurant serving alcohol on a block that's been turning out food -- and pouring booze -- for decades. In fact, that neighbor was even issued a restraining order for her belligerence. Note to neighbor: MOVE! FAR AWAY!
And now Fooducopia will fight the good fight tonight, although owner Tim Lymberopoulos realizes he's up against some of the same opponents. "Since the beginning, Corner Store has focused on honesty, transparency and open dialog to portray our intentions. I'm saddened to hear from customers telling me that petitioners against our application are arriving at their door saying we will serve hard alcohol until 2 a.m. This is simply not true," he stresses.
In fact, the cafe part of Fooducopia would only be open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings (the cafe currently closes at 3 p.m.), so co-owner and chef Richard Glover would have the ability, says Lymberopoulos, to morph the space, which has a mere twenty seats, into a "a high end restaurant that serves scrumptious, elegant dinners -- just one turn, inside seating only, starting at 7 p.m. that requires a ticket rather than a reservation."