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Marietta Council discusses revitalization program

August 28, 2013

A state program aimed at generating economic activity by making more liquor licenses available to restaurants in Ohio's smaller cities is back for consideration by Marietta's City Council....

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Aug-30-13 6:25 AM

The entertainment district concept seems to take a lesson from the car dealers. I remember a time when they were all over town, now all do better in a "destination" area. Let's do it downtown Marietta for dining (and take advantage of oil money flowing in).

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Aug-28-13 6:37 PM

As usual the "have's" wanna keep it all.****n! the "have not's" anyway. And Moon being absent. So classic Moon! The big boys on pike get there license automatically. Buy a franchise - get the license - provide poor service - rake in big bucks. Some poor schmo in downtown, not of the upper-crust in town, can forget about fair play and just shut their pie hole. Anyone buying Harley's argument should ask why he's so tight with Mr. "Galley" before giving that too much credit.

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Aug-28-13 1:00 PM

Go figure, Vuk says "No". He has two people telling him so.....

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Aug-28-13 10:49 AM

Well said DevilsAdv.....I never dine in any of Marietta's downtown restaurants THAT AFTER THE 8TH HR become BARS. Who wants to try and eat an enjoyable dinner with the smell of stale beer filling their nostrils and your shoes sticking to the floor. Plus the added bonus of the smoking area outside their front doors. NO THANKS! I'm just not a fan of greasy bar food. It is nice to have a beer with your pizza, burger or steak once in awhile. But, we as paying consumers should have more options as to where we want to dine without going out on the Pike or to Pburg. Marietta's downtown eateries will not lose their steady clientele. Especially since they just love the atmosphere and food! So what's to worry about? Bring on the new D5's. The dining establishments wanting a D5 are just that "RESTAURANTS" not BARS WITH FOOD that after the kitchen closes at 8-9 pm become drinking establishments AKA BARS!

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Aug-28-13 9:28 AM

Best of luck to all of the business owners not born with a silver spoon. I can hear it now, no more alcohol licnenses b/c it will disrupt my business. My answer: If your food was good, then you don't have to worry about a liquor license. The same gang against it last time stated the same crap. Moon's pizza snagged a license, & since then, has it dissrupted any of John's businesses? NOPE> Has it impacted Kevin W's business, NOPE. The argument is a red herring, it is bogus, it is a fallacy! Bring them on, may the best cuisine, environment, & price win.... At the end of the day, these new permits are to draw folks into Marietta from across the river. Focus on the goal>>> New customers & new money, not the existing ones that go to all of the establishments now. As an OBTW, what is Harley talking about $60-70 K?

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Aug-28-13 8:34 AM

It's a bad idea. I'm not sure how Mr. Brothers justifies his comment that D-5 licenses will even the playing field with the restaurants on Pike. He's comparing apples and oranges. It's difficult to find a "dining experience" in Marietta, but they do exist. As opposed to an eating experience near the Pike motel row.

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Aug-28-13 6:09 AM

Won't the 75% food content requirement allow existing restaurant license holders such as the Levee House to monetize their investment by selling it to a more pure bar/entertainment establishment? The current holders could then "rent" one of the new permits if it makes more economic sense.

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