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    Plano Rezones Downtown to Favor Alcohol Sales

    The Plano city council has rezoned part of its historic downtown to make it a little easier for establishments to sell alcohol.

    Martini Park, a once popular Plano night spot, closed while generating about $500,000 per month in alcohol sales.  A Plano city ordinance required that alcohol sales match food sales -- but with sales of alcohol so high the business' kitchen was unable to keep pace.

    Owner Chris Barish decided to close down before risking his liquor license.

    Now, Plano has rezoned the area to allow for private memberships which allow businesses to sell alcohol without worrying about matching food sales.

    Plano Rezones Downtown to Favor Alcohol Sales

    [DFW] Plano Rezones Downtown to Favor Alcohol Sales
    Plano rezoned it's historic downtown area, making it a little easier to serve alcohol without worrying about food sales.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009)

    Miles Zuniga, the manager of Vickery Park, said the area needs the revitalization and that the ordinance revision is a definite advantage.

    However, O.B. Barsh, who two years ago turned an abandoned Burger King into Bullwinkle's Bistro, said the city is favoring two areas of town and wonders why anyone else would risk investing where the alcohol sales matching food sales ordinance is still in effect.

    "They've changed the rules to selective enforcement," said Barsh. "A neighborhood pub like I am -- there would be no incentive to open here."

    Barish said that he is considering reopening his Plano location now that the ordinance has been modified.