Liquor By The Drink For Beach Restaurant Draws Opposition

A restaurant along the beach that serves beer and wine wants to sell liquor by the drink, but some nearby residents are against the plan.

The "Port of Call" restaurant in Salter Path wants to be annexed into nearby Indian Beach so it can sell liquor by the drink. Restaurant goers can currently bring in their own, known as brown bagging.

Renee Melby is among the 150 people who have signed a petition opposing the annexation. "I preferably would like to have peace and quiet when I come home and would like to feel safe that my grandchildren that are outside playing are not going to have to deal with somebody that had just a wee bit too much to drink."

"Port of Call" general manager Justin Baysden doesn't foresee problems. Baysden says, "From the parking lot from outside it will look no different. We won't be open any extra hours, we're not adding any extra shifts, no extra seats, no extra bars, the health department is really strict on that."

Baysden says what they've created is an upscale environment for diners expecting liquor, not just beer and wine and brown bagging they offer now. Baysden says, "It would help keep the unruliness out. It would help ensure we don't have a free for all here."

Indian Beach commissioners will have to vote on the annexation request. A public meeting is set for June 8th at 5:00 p.m.

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