By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington Liquor Commission is seeking specifics on a proposed entertainment mall in Downtown Bloomington.
The facility would be a merger of Six Strings and the Laugh Comedy Club at 301 and 303 North Main Street. The proposal includes several kiosks of food vendors, with alcohol being served in the bar upstairs and the comedy club downstairs.
Mayor Steve Stockton, who is also the liquor commissioner, said Friday the commission needs to know specifics about how the two corporations will be set up and how the facility will be arranged.
"That's to determine if they do in fact qualify for an 'R' license, which requires a certain percentage of food sales," he said.
Stockton said the commission is also putting a number of conditions on the proposed establishment.
"Including one that basically, even though it's a larger establishment, initially limits occupancy to the same number of people that each existing establishment can have," he said.
The proposition will go to the Bloomington City Council in November.
In other action at Friday's meeting, the commission denied a liquor license request for Jackpot Joe's Cafe, which is a proposed gambling parlor at 503 Prospect Road.
Stockton said the liquor commission was uncomfortable with the fact that gambling was the driving force behind the liquor license. He also said there are already a number of liquor licenses in the area.
Paul Morello can be reached at Paul@wjbc.com.