The owner of a restaurant in dry White Hall has petitioned the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration for a private club permit so he can serve beer, wine and other intoxicants with food.
Javier Nunez, owner of Ameca Mexican Restaurant, 7401 Dollarway Road, filed for the private club permit on Sept. 19, an ABC spokesman said, and the posted notice at the restaurant must remain on display.
Michael W. Langley, ABC director, is expected to approve or reject the application on the third Wednesday in November, the spokesman added. Langley’s decision can be appealed to the ABC Board.
Nunez told The Progress he does not plan to operate a bar in the restaurant, but would serve only beer, wine and margaritas with food items. He acknowledged that he decided to apply for the ABC permit after a second Mexican restaurant opened a few blocks away Ameca on Dollarway.
If the permit is granted, he emphasized, no intoxicants will be sold on Sundays. The restaurant is open seven days a week.
The ABC said it sent notices of the 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.
Each of the four said they have no negative comments to file with the ABC.
Foster 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. “You must set aside your personal feelings if no law is being broken.”
Nunez also owns and operates Mexican restaurants in Stuttgart and DeWitt. Both Arkansas County restaurants are licensed to sell intoxicants, he added.