Great news, right? Well, not so fast.
That part of Uptown is under a package liquor moratorium, which means that businesses in the area can sell liquor to be consumed on the premises, but cannot sell it in containers for patrons to take home.
The moratorium area is considered one complete area, and the ban on packaged sales can't be lifted piecemeal.
|The area surrounded by the black dotted line|
is the current moratorium area, where packaged
liquor sales are prohibited (click to enlarge)
In other words, lifting the moratorium to allow a high-end wine store at 4812 Broadway also opens the door for liquor stores to open anywhere on Broadway between Argyle and Lawrence, including the large strip mall across from the Post Office.
Additionally, there are several empty/underdeveloped lots in the moratorium area that may be development targets in the not-too-distant future. If the liquor moratorium is lifted, there is the added potential for bottled liquor sales in those locations as well.
That's a lot of area to open up to liquor sales so that one business can get the go-ahead, no matter how attractive a neighbor it may be.
We would love to see a high-end liquor store come to Uptown, but we also acknowledge that there are plenty of other locations for it that wouldn't involve lifting a large, and historically successful, package goods moratorium.
If you are interested in this issue, please come to the information meeting on Monday.