Tammy Mutasa, Garland Reporter
The owners of a Garland sandwich shop have petitioned to serve alcohol in an effort to transform business into a neighborhood bar. The shop sits across the street from a church and a charter school is only a few blocks away. In Garland, alcohol cannot be served within 300 feet of a church, public school or hospital.
There's a public hearing set for a downtown Garland sandwich shop petitioning the city to serve alcohol on its property.
Corner Pocket Sandwich Shoppe wants to sell alcohol but under a city ordinance it can't within 300 feet of a church, public school or hospital - the shop is right across the street from a church and a few blocks away from the Alpha Charter school.
Owner Tammy Harris and her husband want to transform the family-run sandwich shop, into a neighborhood bar serving beer and wine.
"If you've ever been down here, you know there's not, a lot of retail, and lot of things here," said Business owner Tammy Harris.
"We want to rival a downtown Plano or a downtown Addison and be--you know, just a great community for other people to come to," said Harris.
Other restaurants in the area also serve alcohol, but business owners have been sending around a letter, hoping to gain community support.
"There's a lot of money being put into the downtown area," said Harris. "We want to be a part of that, we want, you know, for there to be somewhere for people to come, we want there to be some draw to the area."
The city will decide whether to open -- or close -- the door for the sandwich shop's proposed changes at a public hearing scheduled for July 2.