The upscale Towne Center shopping hub now has the freedom to add bars and lounges, but the property manager said people should not expect the area to become a hot spot for alcohol.
The Metro Council agreed on Wednesday to change Towne Center's concept plan to allow for bars and lounges to be built there. Tenants in the development previously could only serve alcohol if they were restaurants.
Property Manger Doris Volentine said they asked for the change because one of their tenants, Don Juan Cigar Co., wants to expand and start serving wine and other high-end alcohol.
While the change should open the door for Don Juan to grow, Volentine said it still be a cigar store that serves some alcohol and not a bar, per se. Towne Center does not have the space, nor the desire, to start building other lounges or places to imbibe, she added.
"We really don't want it to be a bar environment, it's a shopping environment," she said.
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Should any other bar or lounge open in Towne Center in the future, the new requirements say it cannot exceed 4,000 square feet.
The Metro Council also approved zoning changes for two locations of Rock N Roll Sushi, the first of which should open in about a month. The first will be located at 7949 Jefferson Highway, and the second will be at 3627 Perkins Road inside of a shopping center at Perkins and Acadian Thruway.
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