ROGERSVILLE — The restriction that prohibits alcohol sales within 250 feet of a public park may be removed from Rogersville city code to pave the way for a steakhouse to open in town.
Rogersville businessman Phillip Henard owns the currently vacant restaurant building on Park Boulevard in what is commonly called the Big Lots parking lot.
In recent years, that building has been a seafood restaurant, Mexican restaurant and a country kitchen, and all have failed.
Henard told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday a new proposed tenant, the Sagebrush Steakhouse chain, has the best chance to succeed. But Sagebrush will only move in if it can sell beer and cocktails with meals.
Last year Rogersville approved liquor by the drink through a referendum. This is the first time there has been a business this close to taking advantage of that new law.
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