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Government - Local

Plano City Council OKs liquor license change, new auto parts store

The Plano City Council approved requests for changes from two local businesses during a meeting March 27.

The Harvest Restaurant in downtown Plano will now be allowed to served mixed drinks, rather than just wine and beer. At the request of Ari Lleshi, the restaurant owner, city council members approved issuing Lleshi a Class E license in place of his present Class B license.

Plano Mayor Bob Hausler said Lleshi will have a small selection of mixed drinks that will be prepared out of sight of the patrons.

“I spoke with Ari and he does not want a bar atmosphere. He wants a restaurant atmosphere but with the ability to serve a mixed drink for those who want one with their meals,” he said.

Lleshi said his business has tripled since he received the beer and wine license, adding that patrons are now asking for a mixed drink to go with their meal. He said he would have five to six different cocktails available because he wants to retain the family atmosphere.

On recommendation of City Attorney Tom Grant, council members reduced the number of Class B liquor licenses from five to four. Grant said Lleshi will surrender his Class B license.

“We should never have an open license out there,” Grant said.

Council members also approved a resolution authorizing O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to construct a building at 923 Route 34 for their business. Grant said older building on the site is being razed. The Plan Commission recommended approval of the new site plan, according to Grant.

“I think this will be an excellent project for that location. A brand new building and business will be taking the place of an eyesore and we’re excited about this. It’s been a long process, but it’s been worth the time and effort spent on it,” Hausler said.

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