Mimosas may soon be added to the menu of a popular Carrollton breakfast and lunch spot.
The City Planning Commission voted Tuesday to support a request by the owners of Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe for a conditional-use permit that would allow it to begin selling alcoholic beverages with meals.
The one-story corner restaurant is at 7801 Panola St., on the corner of Burdette Street. The restaurant’s dining area is about 1,350 square feet, according to the commission’s staff.
The staff recommended approving the request, subject to 11 provisos, including that the restaurant provide exterior security cameras and limit its hours to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 6 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. However, the owners said they don’t plan to open at night for at least five years.
The staff’s review found that the proposal was consistent with the area’s zoning and should not have a negative impact on the neighborhood.
Joe Riccobono, whose family has owned the restaurant for 17 years, said he is working on an agreement with neighbors that would offer further guarantees, such as a promise of no go-cups.
The commission voted 7-0 to recommend granting the conditional-use permit. The final decision will rest with the City Council. The site is in Councilwoman Susan Guidry’s district.
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