November 27, 2016
Jasper County does NOT license bars or nightclubs. It only approves pouring licenses to restaurants, and requires that over 50% of the sales are for food.
Haystack Wings & Thangz is applying for a pouring license for the third time, and will go before the BOC on Monday, December 5 at 6:00PM.
In September, their application for liquor, beer, and wine was turned down by the BOC in a 3-1 vote (Salmon absent.) In October they appealed the denial, dropped the liquor request, and asked for a beer and wine pouring license. It was denied by a 3-1 vote (Trammell absent).
In Thursday’s paper (11/24/16), Haystack Wings & Thangz appears twice in the ad for alcohol licenses that will be heard by the BOC on December 5 at 6PM. All other applicants in the list are for RENEWALS of alcohol licenses. Haystack has never been approved for an alcohol license, but is included in the list. This license approval is not advertised as a public hearing.
Haystack is applying for a 2016 license to be effective during December—which means Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve parties. A pouring license cost approximately $1,000.
They are also applying for a 2017 license.
We repeat, a license is only to be approved for a restaurant setting. Sources tell TWG that Haystack is not open 5 days a week, and there has been very little business, except on Sunday. Is the reason for the pouring license to help food sales or to become a bar?
If an alcohol license is approved, who will be running this operation and what is their background? Ms. West, the applicant, stated at the previous hearing that she worked full time and would hire someone to run it.
The alcohol license for this location has been turned down twice after two public hearings. There has been nothing but trouble at this location for over 8 years and numerous problems were stated during the two public hearings by the residents that live nearby. The codes have not been followed in the past, because a “weekend bar” on Hwy 142 was allowed.
The citizens that live in this area should be considered above all else.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.