THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO REVISE A 1970’s ORDINANCE AGAINST POOL HALLS SERVING ALCOHOL… AND THE REASON IS LAFAYETTE’S NEWEST RESTAURANT ON THE SQUARE.
   

MICHAEL LOVELADY OF ONE-ELEVEN APPROACHED THE COUNCIL SEVERAL MONTHS AGO ON THE ISSUE.  HE WANTS TO APPLY FOR A BEER AND WINE LICENSE FOR HIS RESTAURANT DOWNSTAIRS… WHILE MAINTAINING A FEW POOL TABLES FOR PATRONS, UPSTAIRS.
   

THE OLD ORDINANCE FORBADE THAT COMBINATION… SEEING POOL TABLES AND ALCOHOL AS A RECIPE FOR PUBLIC NUISANCE.  BUT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE PROPOSED NEW ORDINANCE IS A REQUIREMENT THAT THE BUSINESS MUST MAKE 70-PERCENT OF ITS REVENUE FROM FOOD SERVICE… AND HAVE NO MORE THAN 4 POOL TABLES ON-SITE.  PROPONENTS SAY THAT MAKES IT A RESTAURANT… NOT A POOL HALL.
   

A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD AT THE MONTHLY COUNCIL MEETING FOR JANUARY… BUT THE LEGAL TIMING HAD NOT BEEN MET FOR A VOTE ON THE PROPOSAL THAT NIGHT.   A COUPLE OF CITIZENS HAD GENERAL COMMENTS AGAINST THE ISSUE OF DRUNK DRIVING… BUT MOST WHO MADE A COMMENT WERE PLEASED WITH THE ADDITION OF THE ONE-ELEVEN RESTAURANT TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA.
   

THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL WILL MEET WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7 FOR A VOTE ON THE NEW ORDINANCE. 

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