Door Dash Adds New Service; La Santa Is New Mexican Restaurant On River Street

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022
  • Gail Perry

Door Dash has added a new service to its business. Now in addition to delivering food from local restaurants, there is a convenience store platform known as Dash Mart. It operates as an online store where customers place orders through an app. Immediately after the order is placed, items are picked and a “dasher” delivers it. This service is available 24 hours, seven days a week. Deliveries are offered within 30 minutes.

The physical location of the store is in a warehouse district located at 14 Pryor Dr., so there will not be foot traffic, said Jinna Winfree Burrell, attorney for the company. After receiving a carry-out beer permit from the Chattanooga Beer Board on Thursday, the business will be able to deliver beer along with other grocery store products.

To ensure it is not making alcohol sales to underage customers, the dasher will be trained in alcohol sales, there is a requirement that delivery is face-to-face and a signature will be required. The dasher must also be 21 or older.

Everlan of Chattanooga, 2760 Northpoint Blvd. in Hixson, a senior living community of apartments for people 55 or older, has a restaurant on the property. As an accommodation to the residents, the owners of the business applied for and received a consumer license to sell beer. It also has a liquor license. The restaurant will now be able to serve residents beer along with lunch or dinner. The servers will be trained in TABC and Chattanooga guidelines, and IDs will be checked before serving alcohol, the board was told, however alcohol sales are primarily for the residents.

La Santa, 551 River St., is open at the previous location of Poblanos Mexican Restaurant. It will continue doing business as a Mexican restaurant but with the change of ownership and name change, a new beer license is required. At the beer board meeting Thursday, the new owner, Viridiana Lugo Rubio, was approved for a permit to sell both consumer and carry-out beer.

Discussion of changes to the Chattanooga beer ordinance continued. The city’s entire beer ordinance is in the process of being updated. Vice Chairman of the Beer Board Vince Butler,has requested a change, which is to expand the background checks of applicants. As it is, the ordinance specifies that applicants are checked, but not the reach of the search. In the past and currently, background checks have only been made within Tennessee.

When out of town owners of Worldwide Ministries, doing business as The Pony, that will be a bikini bar, applied for a beer permit, the board members did Google searches themselves. Issues of concern were uncovered, which have taken place outside of Tennessee and farther back than the 10-year history required by the city’s beer ordinance, board members said. Assistant City Attorney Kathryn McDonald told the beer board that expanded background checks can be required before the beer ordinance is overhauled.

An update was also given regarding The Blue Light bar on Station Street which has had multiple violations since it opened. Beer Inspector Sergeant Jason Wood said the owner of the bar, Brian Joyce, has contacted him about helping to develop a security plan for the business. Having that plan in place before the end of this month is part of the resolution agreement that was made with the city. He has also paid the $1,000 fine.


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