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ONLY ON 3: Coffee shop wants to sell beer, complaint holding it up

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wired on Wrightsville is a coffee shop off Wrightsville Avenue, but the owners want to add beer to the late-night menu.

"Not everyone wants to drink coffee at night, or a milkshake," said owner Jody McComish. "Some of them want to have a beer."

The couple says that was the plan since they opened in September and first got permission from the state and county to sell malt beverages. Now, the McComishes say they are still waiting for the OK from the city, but say the city is giving them the cold shoulder.

"It's been two and a half weeks and we don't have a privilege license, and we don't have any answers about why we don't have a privilege license," said Jody.

The city says the business is being held up by a complaint that the coffee shop is acting as a bar. City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says that the city must investigate the complaint and make sure the business is not operating illegally, a process that could take months.

The McComishes say if they can't sell beer soon, they will be forced to file for bankruptcy, losing the nearly $25,000 they invested in the business.

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