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The Augusta Commission is set to cut off two of the four businesses granted probationary licenses to pour alcohol on Sundays.

Both The Original Tavern on Wheeler Road and Allie Katz Bar & Grill on Walton Way Extension are on today's consent agenda to have their privileges revoked. Each paid $1,210 for licenses allowing them to sell alcohol on Sundays while they spent six months trying to sell more food.

Under Georgia law, at least half of a business' sales must be from food for it to be considered a restaurant and allowed to serve alcohol seven days a week. The commission showed leeway in its enforcement of the rule this year after setting a precedent with Limelite Cafe on Agerton Lane -- granting a six-month probationary license in January even though an audit found only 23 percent food sales. The issue had split the Public Services Committee, but before it went to the full commission the pub's attorney got six commissioners to sign a letter granting a license in time for Super Bowl Sunday.

In the months following, Finish Line Cafe on Wrightsboro Road, The Original Tavern and Allie Katz came to the board looking for the same opportunity.

But the latter two's six-month food sales averages fell short. Allie Katz had 19.7 percent, and Original Tavern had 30.83 percent, according to License and Inspection Director Rob Sherman. Public Services voted unanimously last week to recommend that both licenses be pulled.

As for Limelite and Finish Line, audits earlier this year found six-month food sale averages of 37 percent and 42.1 percent, respectively, and in September the commission voted 6-2-2 to extend their probationary licenses another five months. Mr. Sherman had recommended that the city keep working with them because Limelite's June figure was 49 percent and Finish Line had 44 percent in July.

He said both businesses will be audited after their November receipts are in, and he expects them to make it.

"I think they will," Mr. Sherman said. "I think Limelite is actually trying to become a restaurant, and probably the same thing with Finish Line.

"The other two, I think they're just a bar," he said.

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 11/17/09 - 02:28 am
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First, this is a State Law

First, this is a State Law and therefore, the commission should not be interfering or allowing state laws to be broken, even if the law should be changed. This is a very bad presedence and opens our city up to law suits and challenges for additional variances. It is one thing to issue origional permits for 6 months in order to determine if they will meet the laws but totatly another to continually allow businesses to operate in violation of the laws. Rob Sherman does an excellent job and takes his direction from the commission so basically, this is in their court. And, when the 6 commissoners signed a letter showing support without even being in session, this just further shows the Inappropriateness and illegal actions taking place, again placing our city in jeopardy of being sued. Frankly, the law is not needed and should be changed but until it is, it should be enforeced equally and fairly throughout the area. They need to take action and reverse their decisions allowing anyone not meeting 50% in sales to continue serving.

wildman
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wildman 11/17/09 - 04:18 am
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Augusta Commission doing it's

Augusta Commission doing it's best to ruin the city and surrounding areas.

DontdrinkdaKoolaid
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DontdrinkdaKoolaid 11/17/09 - 06:53 am
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Imagine the lives we could

Imagine the lives we could change if we could stop these places from selling beer on Sunday? You won't stop folks from getting a drink on Sunday if they want it and taking these two licenses won't get you into heaven so lets stop wasting our time with this outdated nonsense.

reader54
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reader54 11/17/09 - 07:49 am
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This is the same "good ole

This is the same "good ole boy" treatment that has been going on for years. The owner of The Finish Line is the same as Robbies Sports Pub. Robbies is a huge pool room that has a closet kitchen and there is no way that their food sales are close to 20%!!! It's all in who you know and pay. The Commission is a JOKE>

dsolvtec
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dsolvtec 11/17/09 - 08:38 am
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If anyone from the AC has a

If anyone from the AC has a desire to do some real investigative reporting why not follow up on this? It certainly sounds like there have been some pay offs. It all boils down to what " Asitisinaug " said with Augusta commissioners rewriting our laws! I agree that the no alcohol sales on Sunday law is completely outdated and hinders the economy in a time of need. What other laws are the commissioners allowing to be bent???

reader54
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reader54 11/17/09 - 09:36 am
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Just the tip of the

Just the tip of the ICEBERG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/17/09 - 10:36 am
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If the commission has the

If the commission has the best interests of the county in mind, they'll continue to extend all of the probation periods and continue to collect the taxes. As far as business goes, why should Sunday be any different than any other day?

jb5365
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jb5365 11/17/09 - 11:02 am
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Dontdrinkdakoolaid it is none

Dontdrinkdakoolaid it is none of your business to intervene in a persons activities on ANY day no matter how altruistic you think you are. Stay the hell out of anything that you know nothing of and leave people to their own choices. your comment smacks of Iranian or Afgani religious interference with OTHER peoples lives because "you know what`s best". Leave people to their own devices, it`s called "Freedom of Choice"!!!!!!!

sjgraci
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sjgraci 11/17/09 - 11:17 am
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The American Taliban strike

The American Taliban strike again!

corgimom
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corgimom 11/17/09 - 11:36 am
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Issue liquor licenses for

Issue liquor licenses for every establishment on Sundays. This is just dumb and a waste of time and money for the Commission.

soldout
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soldout 11/17/09 - 02:15 pm
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On the national average the

On the national average the sale of alcohol costs 8 dollars to the government for every 1 dollar it brings in with taxes. Drinking is dumb from every standpoint. People tell their kids not to do drugs while stocking up their bar at home. When you have alcohol in your home you raise your odds of your child having a drinking problem. One of 12 that starts drinking will have a problem with alcohol at some point. Would you put your child on a plane that crashes on one of twelve flights? If someone needs alcohol to relax and fun they already have a problem. God gave us a great mind and no drug can improve it. The joy of Lord will beat temporary happiness everytime.

Dorien
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Dorien 11/17/09 - 05:05 pm
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Soldout... I hope this means

Soldout... I hope this means that you refrain from drinking coffee, sodas, and tea because they contain caffeine (which also alters your mind) and is a drug. I would hate for you to jeopardize your place in heaven.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/17/09 - 09:04 pm
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reader54 has a point about

reader54 has a point about Robbies Sports Pub. I often wondered how much food is sold at the riverfront Pub on Broad Street too.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/17/09 - 09:06 pm
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yet when X-Mart get's our

yet when X-Mart get's our taxpayer money they will be open on Sundays as well.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 11/18/09 - 01:59 am
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This is ridiculous! How can

This is ridiculous! How can this Sunday law not be unconstitutional? It is clearly a violation of the separation of Church and state. These blue laws need to be ended for good. If they can sell alcohol every other day of the week, then why not Sunday? I'm all for regulating closing times of bars for safety reasons.. but just arbitrarily making a business shut down on Sunday (which by the way is a major sports day)to appease the religous crowd is just wrong.

TechLover
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TechLover 11/18/09 - 06:32 am
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Saturated fats clog your

Saturated fats clog your arteries and cause strokes and heart attacks. How much does McDonald's cost the country vs what it pays in taxes? How in the H*ll do you control what people order in your restaurant? ' I'm sorry, but you only ordered $4.00 worth of food, you can't order that $5.00 beer, you'll have to choose a $3.95 domestic so we have 50% of our sales from food." Stupid law, blatantly unconstitutional, and it should be eliminated.

tiredofit1
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tiredofit1 11/18/09 - 11:41 pm
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Sunday special $12.00

Sunday special $12.00 hamburger with four free beers!

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