(Posted April 24, 2019)
By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer
An application for a Class D5 liquor license has been submitted for use at 27 S. London St., next to Ben and Joy’s Restaurant in Mount Sterling. Plans for a pub are in the works at the location.
At the April 22 Mount Sterling village council meeting, Mark Pitstick, village solicitor, said the application was submitted to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control (ODLC) under the name Hammertime A Partnership. The names associated with the partnership are Deanna L. Pettit and Michael Havens, according to the ODLC database.
Under the Ohio Revised Code, a Class D permit allows an establishment to serve spirituous liquors for on-premises consumption only, as well as beer, wine and mixed beverages for on-premises consumption or for carryout in original, sealed containers until 2:30 a.m.
Council elected to forego a public hearing with ODLC on the matter to speed up the process.
According to Pitstick, such a hearing would be limited in scope as to what kind of questions council members could ask, specific questions about zoning, for example.
Investigators from ODLC will be coming from the state to conduct their own investigation and then will notify any parties such as churches, daycares or schools that might object to a bar being within 500 feet of them.
There was no word as to when the establishment might open if the requested permit is granted. Hammertime A Partnership would also need to obtain an occupancy permit through zoning before taking over the South London Street space.
Some village leaders were unsure as to how the location is currently zoned.
“I don’t have a clue how it’s zoned over there. We haven’t gotten that far,” Pitstick said.
“It’s definitely gotta be zoned business,” said council member Becky Martin.
“There’s a map right there,” said fiscal officer Courtney Bricker, pointing to a color-coded map of the village on the wall of council chambers.