Wellington’s The Grille went in front of the wellington Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board to change is license from a restaurant designation to a cocktail lounge. The board voted unanimously to recommend approval for the change of use.

At a meeting July 11, board members recommended approval of a conditional use permit that would allow the restaurant to have a liquor license within 250 feet of residences. The measure also extended the restaurant’s hours of operation, from 11 p.m. to midnight from Monday through Wednesday, and from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The Wellington Village Council is expected to hear the item Tuesday, Aug. 14. Wellington cannot sign off on the liquor license without special approval from the council.

The reasoning behind this request if due to the seasonal nature of Wellington and to help offset these losses in revenue. The restaurant had been investigated previously due to the fact that they were pulling in to much revenue from drink sales. The Grille’s current classification as a creature with their current liquor license only allows them to serve liquor while they are also serving food. There is the additional requirement that only a certain percentage of the revenue can come form liquor sales. If approved for the classification they will no longer be held to these requirements. Although they state they will continue to work within the parameters of a restaurant bu will be granted a bit more freedom.


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