Club Asks McKinney for More Time to Comply With Liquor Ordinance

City Council could grant extension or close club

A private club and music venue in McKinney is asking the city for more time to comply with liquor rules.

The owner of Dawgs N Hawgs, popularly known as a hot spot for bikers and live music, said she has made progress in complying with the city's liquor-to-food sales ratio ordinance.

"They say I sell too much liquor -- that I need to sell more food," Jeri Montgomery said.

Dawgs N Hawgs, which has been open for nearly two years in downtown McKinney, was briefly shut down in October 2011 and placed on six months of probation.

The club was required to get into compliance with the city's 65-35 liquor-to-food sales ratio, which is standard for the type of license Dawgs N Hawgs holds.

Montgomery said her club has made significant progress although her food sales numbers may not be as strong when customers are not using patio.

"Our sales are nearly 50-50 for the month of April," she said. "Under state law, I'm not breaking any laws but under their ordinance, we have to go 65-35."

Charlton Avey, of Melissa, said he would be upset to see the club go away.

"If you're just riding through or coming to the square, it's always a place you can stop," he said.

Montgomery said her livelihood is at stake if the city does not give the business more time to raise its numbers.

"We'll lose everything," she said. "I've put everything into this place, and it will be really sad if they push us out."

The City Council will discuss the issue at its 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

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