Uncle Larry’s Restaurant Trying Beer Sales For The 1st Time

  • Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • Gail Perry
Uncle Larry's Restaurant on MLK Boulevard
Uncle Larry's Restaurant on MLK Boulevard

The Chattanooga Beer Board on Thursday approved a consumer license for the sale of beer at two new businesses. The fourth location of Uncle Larry’s Restaurant at 8701 E. Brainerd Rd. recently had its grand opening.

The restaurant specializes in Southern cooking but is known for its fried fish. This is the first of owner Larry Torrence’s restaurants to serve beer and he said he wants to do it right. Servers will not be involved in beer sales; only himself and the managers will serve alcohol. And he said the number of beers taken to a table will be written on the tickets. He indicated that he plans to also apply for a state license from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission in order to also offer wine and spirits.

Kushal Patel, owner of Super Tobacco Mart, 1003 Ashland Terrace, was also given a permit to sell carry-out beer.

At a previous meeting the Chattanooga Beer Board approved a beer license to Gabriel Sosa for Cabanas Night Club and Event Center at 1800 Rossville, Ave. Unit 110. The approval was conditional upon Mr. Sosa receiving a building inspection approval. Subsequently, the building inspector has rejected this application because the size, the occupancy level and the location of the exit for the building would require having an automatic sprinkler. The board was told that to operate this business, the building must be brought up to the building requirements.

Andy Everett came to the board meeting with a new concept and questions of how to implement it. He would like to sell beer at special events from a van with a refrigerated box inside and taps on the outside. The tap truck would be mobile and would be able to move around to different events. The preliminary answer was that he would need to get a temporary beer permit for each event or use a permit from the organizer of a particular event. He was encouraged to get help from an attorney to lead him through the process.

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