Beer board says sales would be OK at proposed East Brainerd steakhouse near church

Beer board says sales would be OK at proposed East Brainerd steakhouse near church

December 1st, 2011 by Naomi Jagoda in Local - Breaking News

Jack Benson

The Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board voted unanimously this morning to provide a letter to developers confirming that plans for a steakhouse in an East Brainerd development would not be too close to a church to allow a beer permit.

A proposed mixed-use development at Shallowford Road and Lifestyle Way would include an Embassy Suites and a Ruth's Chris Steak House, said Mike Price, who works for the development's engineering company.

The steakhouse, which plans to sell beer, would be near New Hope Presbyterian Church, but the plan is to build the steakhouse so that its regularly used doors would be more than 500 feet away.

Price wanted the board to confirm that such a layout would make the steakhouse eligible to receive a permit before construction starts.

City Councilman Jack Benson said at the Beer Board meeting that no one from the church or in the community has objected to the steakhouse.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.