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BRIEF: Downtown BBQ eatery can serve alcohol later

January 31, 2014

By Lou Ponsi, The Orange County Register

Jan. 31 --Patrons at a downtown restaurant will be allowed to purchase alcohol until 1:30 a.m. , extending the previous cut-off time by 90 minutes. JP23 BBQ & Smokehouse, at the southwest corner of Harbor Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue , can also host live entertainment until 1:30 a.m. Customers must stop drinking alcohol at all establishments by 2 a.m. , under state law. The modifications were approved by the Planning Commission but then appealed by the owner of a neighboring tattoo shop. Billy Le , operator of Big Buddha Tattoos, expressed concerns about restaurant patrons parking in his allotted spaces. The City Council last week denied that appeal. Jacob Poozhikala , who opened JP23 BBQ & Smokehouse in October 2011 , requested the later hours to better compete with other downtown restaurants that also serve alcohol until 1:30 a.m. Lt. Andrew Goodrich said there have been few problems associated with the restaurant. ___ (c)2014 The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) Visit The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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