City OKs one liquor license, denies another

Published 5:10 pm Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Troy City Council approved a new liquor license for one business while denying another on Tuesday.

Council members approved a license request for Sherman’s Smoothie Café, 203 Love St., based on owner Charmin Harvey’s business model.

“I agree with your concept and support it,” Council member Marcus Paramore told Harvey during Tuesday’s meeting. “If you do what you say you’re going to do here, we won’t have any problems … and we appreciate you expanding your business in downtown Troy.”

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Harvey plans to expand her services to include an after dark experience from 6 to 10 p.m. with a limited alcohol offering and limited seating. “I’m not looking to open a bar,” she said.

She also said the smoothie business would continue to serve customers of all ages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but no minors would be allowed after 6 p.m.

The Trojan Tavern bar, which previously occupied the building at 203 Love St., had been cited for noise violations before shutting down. Harvey opened her business in January 2020.

The council members also voted unanimously to deny a liquor license request from Gold Mine Entertainment, LLC, which was seeking a license to operate a lounge at 1177 U.S. 231 South. The council cited the location of the proposed business, which lies outside city limits but within city police jurisdiction.

“We do not have any lounge liquor licenses in the jurisdiction (outside city limits),” Mayor Jason Reeves told the council members during their work session prior to the meeting. “At some point, it becomes a concern about resources.”

Police Chief Randall Barr said police would be responsible for responding to calls at the business, which is located almost three miles south of the city limits. He said if officers had to respond to an incident at the nightclub “it would take well over half our resources, and we have a duty to take care of the rest of the city.”

Reeves said the issue also raised a question of precedence. The council had previously denied two requests for licenses at the same location. “It’s not just this location,” Reeves said. “For anything at that distance, it’s an issue. Once you crack that door open, it gives license for everyone else to apply.”

In other business, the board also reappointed Evelyn Watson to the Library Board and approved the removal of dilapidated building at 308 S. Knox St.

“This property is owned by a deceased person, so know that you’ve approved this it will actually have to go to a probate attorney before we can do anything to remove the structure,” Building Inspector Chuck Ingram told the council.