If what Local Midtowner says is true regarding the zoning in which the business is located, one would wonder why the owners chose to open the business with alcohol sales as a goal without thoroughly investigating the zoning usage. It's public record and every citizen can access the information without hindrance. Matter of fact, code enforcement officers can tell you specifically what the zoning will allow and whether any variance is allowed. Zoning exists for a reason. How many people would want a strip bar next to a daycare center?! or chemical business next to a residence?! As far as "smoke shops" are concerned, it's totally unrelated. The presumption that they support "illegal activity" is a law enforcement issue. If someone purchases real estate anywhere in the US, be aware of the local ordinances. It's sad that these folks have so much riding on this decision, but due diligence about business is on the buyer/owner. Maybe a variance will be allowed if they can substantiate their reasoning as being a Coffee shop with alcohol sales and not another bar. We really don't need more bars in town.
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