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March 25, 2014

Restaurants to apply for ‘combination’ alcohol licenses

Fiesta Mexicana, CB’s Roadhouse Grill announce intent to file

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Two Corbin restaurants — one already in business and the other planning to open — are set to apply for “combination licenses” to sell alcoholic beverages.

Both are located within a few hundred feet of each other on the Cumberland Falls Highway, near exit 25 of I-75.

The one planning to open will be CB’s Roadhouse Grill. The restaurant will be located at 1890 Cumberland Falls Highway in the building that formerly housed Sherry’s Tomato Grill.

Carl Bryan “C.B.” Wilson of Webb Street in Manchester is listed as the owner of CB’s Roadhouse Grill, LLC. He announced last week his intent to apply for an NQ-2 retail drink license, as well as a special Sunday retail drink license.

The one that’s presently open is Fiesta Mexicana. The restaurant is located at 1885 Cumberland Falls Highway, and is currently licensed to serve alcoholic beverages.

Angel Estrada of Bakersfield Lane in London is listed as the owner of Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant of Corbin, KY LLC.

Like CB’s Roadhouse Grill, Fiesta Mexicana has also announced their intent to apply for an NQ-2 retail drink license.

Both will apply no later than April 1 with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in Frankfort.

Wilson said Monday that CB’s Roadhouse Grill was “pretty much my first restaurant,” although he has done some catering. He added he also ran the restaurant at the Parkway Flea Market on the Cumberland Gap Parkway (U.S. 25E)

“It’s going to be like a roadhouse grill. It’ll have more of a family atmosphere like restaurants such as Logan’s Roadhouse and Texas Roadhouse, and it will also have a full bar. Things just kind of fell into place and I’m planning to retire and I need something to do. We’re expecting to open up within 60-90 days, but there’s a lot of work in the building that needs to be done,” he said.

According to state ABC records, an NQ-2 license is a combination license for the sale of distilled spirts, wine and malt beverages by the drink only. Businesses that are qualified to hold an NQ-2 license are limited to restaurants, motels and hotels, airports and riverboats.

The license requirements noted that for a restaurant to obtain an NQ-2 license to serve distilled spirits, wine and malt beverages, it must seat at least 100 persons at tables. However, only wine and malt beverages can be sold at a restaurant that seats at least 50, but fewer than 100 persons at tables.

Corbin’s ABC Administrator, Clara Patterson, said as of part of the ABC’s streamlining of  regulations, the NQ-2 license replaced the state’s retail drink license.

“It allows them to do a ‘50-50,’ which is 50 per cent food sales and 50 per cent drink sales. The ‘50-50’ makes it simpler and a little bit easier for the smaller restaurants, especially those starting out, to get established,” she mentioned Monday.

At present, Fiesta Mexicana has a limited restaurant license for selling alcohol, which Patterson noted was 70 percent food sales and 30 percent alcohol sales.

“He (Estrada) is going from the ‘70-30’ to the ‘50-50’ with the ABC application. I tell restaurants when they apply for an ABC license that their food has to be the main source of sales. I’m still a firm believer that their food must stand out. I also remind them that it’s a privilege to sell alcoholic beverages in this town,” she said.

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