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Jonesboro pizza parlor denied alcohol permit.

Main Street Pizza failed at its attempt to become the third downtown Jonesboro restaurant in the past 18 months to receive a private club permit to serve alcohol in the dry county.

Milton Lueken, staff attorney for the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, said the main reason the board rejected the pizza parlor's application was that a youth ministry is located next door to the restaurant.

"They didn't feel that was a proper location with all those youth coming in there," he said.

Donna Irby, owner of Main Street Pizza, wanted to use the money from her private club operation to help artists, Lueken said.

"She is very interested in the arts in Jonesboro, and she was hoping the sale of beer and wine ... would help pay for some cultural events at other locations in Jonesboro," he said.

The board denied the permit with a 4-0 vote, with one board member absent on Aug. 17.

Irby didn't return a call for comment.

In early 2004, the ABC board awarded a private club permit to Piero's Street Bistro in Jonesboro.

In October, the board granted Julio's Mexican Restaurant in downtown Jonesboro a private club permit. But that restaurant hasn't opened yet.

An attorney for Julio's said the restaurant's owner is remodeling the site.
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Title Annotation:NE Journal: A Look at News From Northeast Arkansas
Author:Friedman, Mark
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Aug 29, 2005
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