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ALRC to discuss license for Don Pepe and city liquor ordinances

The Madison Alcohol License Review Committee will meet Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m. As detailed in its agenda (PDF), here are some of the new establishments seeking licenses and other key orders of business.

AJ Bombers, the hamburger emporium at 201 W. Gorham St., is applying for an 18+ entertainment license.

A Mexican grocery, Don Pepe, has taken over the space at 4915 Commercial Ave. formerly the home of La Zacatecana, a Mexican grocery and Mexican/Salvadoran restaurant. Don Pepe's restaurant will not open for another few weeks, and the owners are also applying for a class A beer license.

VIP Japanese and Chinese Restaurant, 6718 Odana Rd., is once again on the agenda seeking a liquor license. Its application filed with the city describes it as a "white table" restaurant. However, the alderman for the 19th district, Mark Clear, has written a letter voicing his opposition to the project. "I am opposed to the license for VIP restaurant at 6718 Odana Road and recommend that it be denied by the ALRC," writes Clear.

Clear cites the "four consecutive problematic establishments at this location over the past eight years." Clear has suggested to the owners that the restaurant open "without a liquor license" to see if the restaurant could operate "safely."

Surco Peruvian at 515 Cottage Grove Road is also once again on the agenda applying for a liquor license.

Also on the agenda are a number of items creating, repealing, and/or recreating Madison city ordinances having to do with "the process regarding when and how demerit points will be assessed and when point accumulation triggers suspension/revocation of a liquor license"; "establish[ing] the offenses and penalties relating to procuring for and selling alcohol beverages to underage persons'; and "extend[ing] the sunset date of the Downtown License Density Plan."

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