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Montezuma in Chambersburg gets county's new liquor license

February 27, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A new liquor license has been granted to a Franklin County, Pa., business.

Because of increases in Franklin County’s population, another liquor license was allocated to the county.

Seven businesses applied for that license.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board determined the license should go to Montezuma Mexican Restaurant on Pa. 316, said Stacy Kriedeman, spokeswoman for the board.

According to the Liquor Control Board’s website, a restaurant liquor license authorizes a licensee to sell liquor, including wine, and malt or brewed beverages, such as beer, to customers for them to drink on the premises.

Other applicants were:

  • Johnnie’s Family Restaurant, 679 S. Main St., Chambersburg
  • Hat’s Heroes, 538 Stanley Ave., Chambersburg
  • Town and Country Cafe, 398 E. Catherine St., Chambersburg
  • Lakeview Motel restaurant and lounge, 10738 Path Valley Road, Fannettsburg, Pa.
  • Norland Grille, 883 S. Main St., Chambersburg
  • The Hut, 11235 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, Pa.

Andrew Stuffick, regional manager of investigations for the Liquor Control Board, visited each establishment.

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According to Stuffick’s report, Montezuma restaurant has more than 400 square feet and a seating capacity of 95.

The Montezuma on Pa. 316, which is at 820 Wayne Ave., has been operating for about 10 years. Other Montezuma locations include one on U.S. 30 in Chambersburg, one in Gettysburg, one in Waynesboro and the one in Altoona.

Owners Jesus and Juan Munoz received a citation on April 18, 2012, for sales to a minor at the Altoona, Pa., restaurant, the report states. The individual in question was 20 years old, and the restaurant owners were fined $1,250, the report states.

“Applicant Montezuma plans to employ an ID scanner and is in the process of having security cameras installed,” the report states.

Montezuma plans to sell beer for take-out in addition to drinks for dine-in customers, the report states.

Jesus Munoz told liquor control officials he chose the Pa. 316 restaurant because the U.S. 30 location is in a “dry” township — where alcohol sales are prohibited — and the Waynesboro location is directly adjacent to a church, the report states.

— Jennifer Fitch
 

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