Harrison turns thumbs down on restaurant/6-pack shop
There won't be a take-out restaurant and six-pack beer shop adjacent to the Exxon gasoline station/convenience store in the Birdville section of Harrison.
The township commissioners on Monday night turned thumbs down on a request by NH Restaurant Corp. to open a small restaurant and take-out beer store inside a former car wash at 2602 Freeport Road.
NH Restaurant had hoped to transfer a license from a closed tavern in Etna to Harrison.
Under state Liquor Control Board regulations, the municipal government must act on a request for a license transfer across municipal lines within a county.
Attorney Marc Reisman of the Gelman & Reisman Law Offices said during Monday's public hearing that the property owners wanted to have a limited menu like hamburgers and pizza in a 30-seat establishment in the former 800-square-foot car wash.
Reiseman said to refit and modernize the car wash would be cost-prohibitive.
He said the gasoline station/convenience store owners are reacting to other companies that sell beer in such settings, such as Giant Eagle's GetGos.
“You have Wal-Mart, Sheetz and others wanting to get into gas and beer establishments,” Reisman said.
Adjacent business owner David Pakulski objected to the plan. He said traffic would increase and there wasn't enough room on the property, citing gasoline delivery trucks that impact his parking area.
Robert Singer, longtime owner of the Do-Drop Inn across from the Exxon, inquired about an LCB 200-foot proximity law between liquor licensees.
Singer told the commissioners that they should consider family-owned businesses that “have been around for more than 50 years.”
Reisman said Mike Thacker owns Exxon, despite it being a national name brand.
Neighbor Ron Baxter said he didn't see “a reason for more alcohol in the immediate area.”
Others doubted 800 square feet would be enough to house a restaurant eating area, cooking area and six-pack storage area. They also questioned whether there's sufficient room for parking.
Commissioners President George Conroy said he was concerned the nearest residence was 29 feet from the wall at the rear of the Exxon lot.
No one other than the applicants spoke in favor of the proposal.
Commissioners voted 4-0 to reject the request because of the concerns voiced by residents.
Commissioner Robin Bergstrom abstained because her family owns a beer distributorship near the proposed location.
Township Solicitor Charles Means said NH Restaurant Corp. has no appeal of the ruling.
Resiman said after the meeting that he had no further comment.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Male suspect in custody from New Kensington shooting
- 3 men arrested in cellphone heist in Frazer
- 2 injured in Upper Burrell head-on wreck
- Alle-Kiski Valley carries the fight to cancer
- Burrell Township rollover wreck kills Parks man
- Bus plans include RIDC Park in O’Hara
- Allegheny Valley Hospital names New Kensington man CEO
- Cochran repair center planned in Harrison
- Virginia man to stand trial in Armstrong molestation case
- Oakmont, Kiski Township election results finalized
- Woman, dog rescued at Harrison Hills