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Alcohol permit sought

The owner of a second restaurant in dry White Hall is in the process of obtaining a private club permit from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance Administration to serve beer, wine and other intoxicants with food.

Beau Talbot IV, owner of Beaucoups Cajun Café, a 52 seat restaurant at 7003 Dollarway Road, has submitted paperwork for a private club permit application, an ABC spokesman said Monday.

Javier Nunez, owner of Ameca Mexican Restaurant, 7401 Dollarway Road, filed for the private club permit on Sept. 19 and posted the required notice at the restaurant.

Michael W. Langley, ABC director, is expected to approve or reject the Ameca application next month, the spokesman added. The director’s decision can be appealed to the ABC Board.

Like Nunez, Talbot told The Progress he does not plan to operate a bar in the restaurant, but would serve only beer, wine and a specialty drink, the popular New Orleans “Hurricane,” with food items. Talbot said no intoxicants would be sold on Sundays if the permit is approved.

The ABC is expected to send notices of Talbot’s permit application to Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter, Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson, White Hall Mayor Noel Foster and Police Chief Richard Wingard and solicited their comments.

Foster last week said the ABC can issue licenses to sell intoxicants and there is no city ordinance that would prohibit the operation of a private club with a valid state license.

“There is no lawful objection we can make,” Foster added.

Talbot also operates White Hall MotorSports at the Dollarway Road address, having built a 5,474 square foot showroom, shop and restaurant addition to the Talbot Enterprises Inc. headquarters building.