52 Friday ; January 17, 1986
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MYSTERY liquor licenses no longer in use
is like getting a $100,000 gift.
"State Senator Jack Faxon (D- The state is an unwilling . part-
Southfield) has taken up the ner to. larceny when a restau-
cudgel to allow the Liquor Con- rant owner who paid $25 to .
trol Commission to issue a apply for a licnse goes out of
limited number of tavern (beer business and reaps a profit of
and wine sales) licenses on the $100,000 for selling the permit. •
"These licenses ought to go
basis of a community's need
rather than on the archaic basis back to the city so more would
of a full-time resident popula- be available for the smaller guy
who can't afford the hefty in-
"Faxon's bill was approved by vestment.
"Many small restaurants,
the Senate back in June of last
year, and is still being battered such as delicatessens and Italian
around by the House. The latest dining spots, would be happy
word is that the measure has with a permit to sell beer and
been tacked on to another piece wine. Like it or not, liquor, beer
of legislation related to country and wine are big drawing cards
club licenses to sell the hard for many diners who can take
their business to places that
"Like gold diggers who rushed serve beverages with a kick.
"The hold-up in the House is a
to California in 1849 in search
of the mother lode, small re- strong lobby-of big-time re-
staurateurs stalk the few preci- staurateurs who don't cotton to
ous -Class C licenses to sell broadening the competition.
Then there are those in and out
liquor by the glass.
"Many communities have used of public office who don't cotton
up their quotas of liquor licenses to tippling of any kind.
"One argument by small re-
granted on a ratio of one license
staurateurs is that biggies can
for every 1,500 residents.
"The population is counted on more easily afford to, spend
every ten years so there will be bucks for a resort license. Small
no adjustments until the 1990 businesses make up, the fabric of
census. Faxon's bill will make the economy and employ more
some licenses available so full- persons in total than do large
service restaurants can add beer businesses. Yet the 'mama and
papa' eateries are penalized."
and wine to their menus.
ENCORE DELICATESSEN, -
"Often a community which
has used up most of its quota of seating 140 in West Bloomfield
licenses will retain one or two in Plaza, is expected to open before
the hopes of enticing a new end of this month . . . The
former never-opened Pribichuk
business to locate there.
"If a business is part of a is owned by Michael Zuckman
large chain, it would have no and cousin David Mintz.
SHIRL HARRIS WRITES
trouble affording the cost of an
already-issued license. The same ... "The Birmingham Theatre's
production of Neil Simon's
goes for posh dining spots.
"An already-existing restau- Brighton Beach Memoirs opens a
rant, struggling to survive in a five-week engagement Friday,
very competitve market,' is in Jan. 24 through Sunday, Feb.
rough shape. It has little bar- .23. .
Brighton Beach Memoirs, the
gaining power to convince the
community to give up its last first play in a trilogy by Neil
Simon, introduCes us to the
"The bill is designed to solve Jerome Family in,Brooklyn dur-
that dilemma by limiting eligi- ing the, Depression days of 1937.
"Fifteen-year-old Eugene, who
bility to restaurants which have
been operating for at least six hasn't decided,wliether
months. The bill would only ballplayer- or a writer, keeps a
authorize up to 50 new' tavern diary, his memoirs, in case he
licenses per year for four years.
doesn't make ; the major. leagues.
Class C license quotas , are He comments on the state of the
based on the old days When world, his family, the New York
folks walkedlo neighborhood sa- Yankees and sex -- not neces-
sarily in that order nor with
"The old corner bar has been equal enthusiasm. '
"The family — mother, father
replaced for the• most part by
restaurants to which customers and brother, along with a
from a broader area drive to. widowed aunt and her two
And many diners expect a little daughters— experiences the
daily crises that 'faced depres-
hard stuff with their meals.
"It's, an economic fact that'resr sion era families; and closely re-
taurants 'can't compete Without sembles what 'Neil
some form of spirits. Too' many members as his youth.
small eateries make thesnkistake
"Critics hail Brighton Beach
of serving wine and 'even after- Memoirs as Neil Simon's best
dinner drinks in- coffee- cups to play, a imaslihit,'a classic.
entice customers to their spirit-
,"It won both the New York
Drama Critics Circle and the
"What's even .worse is watch- Outer Critics Circle Awards for
ing some imbibers brazenly ex- 1983."
THE UNIQUE ' "trading" of
hibit a well-stocked portable bar
with a full -choice of liqUor in a two area restaurants last month
restaurant without a license. has resulted in Oliverip's now
,The restaurateur who takes opekating in West Bloomfield
these chances is jeopardizing his i and The Aristocrat planning to
opportunity , to be issued a liquor opei* mid-February in Bloom-
license if and when they become 1 field Hills.
Dr. Avelina Laxa, owner of
,"Keeping yaluable scarce The Aristocrat, says that she •
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