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Hamilton applauds State ABC decision to deny liquor license on West Market Street

Monday October 20, 2008

For Immediate release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro COuncil
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is applauding a decision by the Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control Board to deny a liquor license for Bakos Liquors at 3400 West market.

“I am happy to report that on Thursday of last week the State ABC listened to the people of the Shawnee Neighborhood and denied this license,” said Hamilton

Bakos Liquors had appealed the Metro ABC’s denial to the state ABC which heard the appeal on September 22nd, 2008. More than a dozen Shawnee residents attended the hearing in Frankfort to express the sentiment of the Shawnee community regarding granting of this license.

Reverend Derek Wilson, Lester Turner and Marian Dunkerley spoke on behalf of the residents at the hearing. Crime statistics were presented showing a drastic reduction in crime since the alcohol ban took effect in the area.

The wet/dry vote on September 11, 2007 took four Shawnee precincts dry.

Bakos Liquors at 3401 West Market was in one of the affected precincts and could no longer sell alcohol. Bakos then bought property across the street in a “wet” Precinct and applied for a new alcohol license.

“The Shawnee Community is gratified that the State ABC board respected the will and sentiment of the residents of the area,” says Hamilton. “We hope the decision sends a clear message that we do not want any more alcohol sales in the area but would welcome businesses that would help the revitalization efforts currently underway in the Shawnee neighborhood.”

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5