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Speedway in Oakmont might sell beer and wine soon

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 8:03 p.m.
Speedway in Oakmont may be on its way to selling beer and wine.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Speedway in Oakmont may be on its way to selling beer and wine.

Wine and beer sales could be coming to Speedway in Oakmont.

A request for a liquor license transfer from a former North Fayette Township restaurant to the borough gas station and convenience store was submitted to Oakmont officials in June. Pittsburgh law firm Flaherty & O'Hara made the request on behalf of the business.

Council briefly discussed the matter at the July 2 workshop meeting after Borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen read the request submitted by associate Ellen Freeman.

“Speedway is planning an interior remodel of its Oakmont borough location,” Freeman wrote. “In addition to its current great selection, Speedway would like to sell beer and wine for takeout as part of its remodel as a convenience for its customers.”

The letter requested a public hearing on a resolution approving the transfer. Council scheduled the hearing for 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in council chambers, 767 Fifth St.

Freeman deffered questions to Speedway officials, who did not return calls seeking comment.

The letter indicated the restaurant liquor license would be transferred from Robinson Kilt LLC, the former Tilted Kilt at 120 Andrew Drive, to the gas station and convenience store at 303 Hulton Road. Tilted Kilt restaurants closed in March.

Council President William Benusa and other borough officials said they will reserve comment on the matter until the public hearing.

Councilman Tim Favo said the borough has approximately 15 liquor licenses, and it may be “excessive to add another” in the near 1.8-square-mile town.

Borough Solicitor Kate Diersen said the liquor license does not give the store immediate permission to start selling alcoholic beverages. Speedway must also comply with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board requirements.

PLCB Spokesman Shawn Kelly said one requirement for having a restaurant liquor license is that the establishment serve food regularly and have seating for 30 people in a designated space of at least 400 square feet inside the building.

Once the borough resolution is approved, Speedway would then submit its license transfer application to the state and be subject to inspections and other control board screenings.

Kelly said there are no deadlines for PLCB actions regarding liquor license transfers or approvals to sell alcoholic beverages.

“We conduct a thorough investigation of all transfer applications,” he said. “It all depends on the complexity of the case. We do so many checks in terms of the backgrounds of the individuals, corporate structures.”

A final inspection of the facility would take place before any beer or wine sales begin.

Individuals and organizations can file petitions with the PLCB to oppose the liquor license transfer if desired. Kelly said any petition would be reviewed and a hearing could take place to determine whether to approve the transfer at the state level.

More licensing and alcohol sales information can be found at lcb.pa.gov .

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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