A restaurant recently opened in our city. The owner received a variance for the business, which is in an area zoned multi-family residential. (As a side note, the location is ideal for a restaurant despite the current zoning - and in fact the entire area is about to be rezoned for mixed use)
Nothing in the original application for either the variance or subsequent site plan approval mentioned a liquor license. But apparently a liquor license was applied for and granted by the state and I have now gotten a compliant that the the variance was for a restaurant/cafe and not for a bar. I would not characterize the existing business as a bar since there is table service and they are serving food, but our zoning does not have a definition of either restaurant or bar.
How do other municipalities handle liquor licenses? Does an intention to serve liquor necessarily have to be included in an application for a restaurant? Any thought would be appreciated!