Convention group plans to file for liquor license

September 14, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

A group of local doctors who will open a convention center in Danville plan to apply for a liquor license even though the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control believes it isn't eligible for it.

The license would allow the center, B.B.R.S., to sell liquor-by-the-drink just to patrons of the center, and it does not restrict them to 70 percent food sales, as is required by restaurant licenses.

However, Steve Humphress, ABC staff attorney, said he doesn't think a convention center license could be issued in Danville because the community voted for limited alcohol sales.

Madar Bux, Anjum Bux, Arthur Rivard and Thomas Serey, the local doctors who own B.B.R.S., plan to test that interpretation by applying for a license. If the ABC doesn't issue them one, they plan to take it to court, Madar Bux said.


He said that when reading the law, he didn't see that it specified that the convention center license was just for wet communities.

They plan to apply before Dec. 1. The malt beverage distributor would review the application and decide whether or not to grant the license. If the B.B.R.S. doesn't like that decision, it will go before the three-person ABC board. That decision can then be appealed to Franklin Circuit Court.

The doctors also believe that local caterers could serve alcohol at the center, but the ABC disagrees. Because of a quirk in the law, only out-of-town caterers can now serve alcohol here, Humphress said.

The center's $1 million renovation is expected to begin next month. The center on U.S. 150 in the old Lowe's building will house meeting rooms, an eight-screen movie theater, a restaurant and spa. The project is expected to create 60 jobs.

Letters of protest must be submitted before Oct. 4 to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, 40601.

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