Application for liquor at Tyler bar withdrawn, developer denies bowing to protests

Application for liquor at Tyler bar withdrawn, developer denies bowing to protests

A Denton restaurateur withdrew his application requesting a liquor license for a new development on Old Bullard Road, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission confirmed Tuesday.

Documents from the agency indicated that Jeremy Nayfa originally intended to open an establishment called Rose City Draft House & Bar at 4803 Old Bullard. Earlier this month neighbors circulated fliers seeking to generate support for a protest against the requested liquor license at a hearing set for August 1. That hearing has since been canceled.

Those neighbors listed concerns including safety on roads running off Old Bullard, noise during the proposed restaurant's extended hours and an expected decline in property values.

Several of those neighbors told CBS 19 Tuesday that the withdrawal of the TABC application was a victory for them.

"All of our neighbors are so pleased to know that the person requesting the TABC permit has withdrawn it," Patricia Quiroz said. "But we're ready in case there is another permit submitted."

Developer Robert Means, who represents Hooper Tyler Properties, said the project was still on track and specifically denied any allegation that neighbors' protests had swayed the group's plans.

"It was a decision that we made that was a business decision," Means said. "We're delighted with the change that we're making. Otherwise we wouldn't have been making it. We were only a few days out from a hearing where we were prepared to prevail in all respects."

Means would not comment on the specific plans for that location going forward or whether those plans involved liquor sales.


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