Chattanoogans living and working near the 1900 block of Broad Street between Main and 20th Street will soon be able to have a beer with their Nashville-style hot fish and chicken, or a slice of pizza, after The Chattanooga Beer & Wrecker Board on Thursday approved permits for the new Flaming Rooster and Pizza Bros. locations.
The Flaming Rooster was originally on Brainerd Road near the Missionary Ridge tunnels but owner Edward Wickley moved it into space next to Koch's Bakery after too many car accidents in front of the Brainerd location made him feel unsafe for his customers, he told the board.
Wickley was approved for consumer and carryout, which he explained he was applying for "in case we are shut down again and can only do carry-out."
The new Pizza Bros, which is located across from the Flaming Rooster, was approved for consumer beer sales by the board and will later apply to the state for a liquor license, according to co-owner Russell Todd. He and his brother also own a location on Cherokee Boulevard.
Also getting approvals to sell beer from the board were the Whole Foods Market at 1814 Gunbarrel Road and Nic & Norman's at 1386 Market St, both for consumer and carry-out permits.
While authorizing more beer permits for new restaurants and grocers, the beer board also voted to drop any violations brought before it two weeks ago involving Yate's Wrecker Service, which had been cited for improperly maintaining a physical business office within the district.
According to the city's ordinance governing wrecker services that are on the city's call rotation, "Each District Wrecker company shall have a physical business office within the District in which it is located."
At the meeting two weeks ago, the board debated whether that meant that an employee had to be on site during business hours. There was also a question about whether signage and a phone number were clearly marked for people who'd had vehicles towed there and needed to pick them up. The board voted to pass the case to this week in order to get further clarification on those questions.
On Tuesday, Officer John Collins told the board that the ordinance didn't specifically address the issue of having a person on site and that the issues regarding signage had been resolved and that owner Eric Yates had made other corrections as well.
City attorney Melinda Foster explained to the board that in the case of wrecker violations, the board can either find the service in violation, which carries a 30-day suspension from the call rotation, or not.
Board member Brooke King commended Yates on his actions to rectify the situation and Chris Keene made a motion to drop the violation. The board unanimously approved dropping the citation.
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