AUSTIN EDITION Council to consider bar request

By Roxana Orellana

Austin City Council will change the number of liquor licenses it will approve in order to issue one to a now-closed bar.

Council members agreed to recommend the renewal of the Alaskan bar's license at Tuesday's work session. However, that means council members must increase the number of liquor licenses it grants to 16.

The Alaskan has been closed for the past seven months. According to the petitioner, the last owner walked away from the business and allowed the license to expire. Another person is now interested in buying the business.


The state allows Austin up to 18 bar licenses, but council members say they prefer to raise the number only to 16 to allow for growth.

Austin has 27 liquor licenses for all classes, including on- and off-sale. That number will now rise to 30.

The change will be voted on at the council's next meeting.

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