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Damascus restaurant revives the battle for beer, wine sales

Staff Report • Mar 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Bristol Herald Courier is reporting that Quincey’s Pizza and Backyard Grill, the recently resurrected restaurant in Damascus, has run into opposition in its effort to obtain a license to serve beer and wine, just as it did about 15 years ago.Damascus church members, led by the pastor who preaches across the street from the pizza parlor, says for them alcohol is a moral issue and also a safety issue in a downtown full of tourists on bicycles.“There’s a large contingent of people in Damascus opposed to it,” said Wayne Baker, pastor at Laurel Avenue Church of Christ. “During the spring and summer, there’s hundreds of people riding bicycles … and they’re all around the building. And if somebody’s drinking and driving … it’s just a safety issue.”For Quincey’s, it’s a case of déjà vu. Baker led a similar opposition effort the first time the pizzeria sought a license to serve alcohol, when it was under different ownership in the mid-1990s.

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