Burholme deli obtains liquor license

Some Burholme res­id­ents are not pleased that a deli with a li­quor li­cense will soon open, but they will work with the own­er to de­vel­op what his law­yer calls “a con­di­tion­al li­cens­ing agree­ment.”

At­tor­ney Steph­en R. Murphy was soft-spoken, but, at the same time adam­ant, that the pro­cess that led his cli­ent to ob­tain the li­quor li­cense is over.

Frank Huynh, 35, bought the prop­erty at 7235-37 Rising Sun Ave., home of the former Moegerle Paints, a year ago. He will live on site with his wife and 3-year-old child.

The Pennsylvania Li­quor Con­trol Board ap­proved the trans­fer of a li­quor li­cense in Feb­ru­ary. The 1,800-square-foot store will sell beer, gro­cer­ies and deli products.

A few neigh­bors in­sist that Huynh did not prop­erly post the li­cense no­tice. Now, they can­not ap­peal.

“We think this was done in an un­der­han­ded man­ner,” one wo­man said.

Murphy said the LCB con­duc­ted its typ­ic­al in­vest­ig­a­tion be­fore ap­prov­ing the li­cense, a sign that the no­tice was prop­erly pos­ted.

“The leg­al pro­cess is fin­ished,” he said.

The store will likely be open sev­en days a week, with tent­at­ive hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be tables and 30 or more chairs.

In re­sponse to con­cerns that people will be drink­ing out of brown pa­per bags, Murphy ex­plained that Huynh bought the place for $400,000 and will be put­ting $125,000 in­to renov­a­tions, in­clud­ing bright lights and in­teri­or and ex­ter­i­or se­cur­ity cam­er­as. An iden­ti­fic­a­tion scan­ner will weed out un­der­age drink­ers.

The store will not look run­down, like some del­is in Kens­ing­ton and North and West Phil­adelphia, Murphy prom­ised, not­ing that his cli­ent will be liv­ing on site.

“He’s in­ves­ted way too much money to at­tract that kind of cli­en­tele,” the law­yer said.

Oth­er com­plaints in­cluded the late clos­ing hour and the deli com­pet­ing with its fu­ture next-door neigh­bor, the Quaker Diner, which provides food for civic group mem­bers after meet­ings. Res­id­ents wished Huynh had reached out to them.

“The law doesn’t re­quire you to cir­cu­late fli­ers through the neigh­bor­hood,” Murphy said.

When a wo­man said oth­er busi­nesses have come to neigh­bors be­fore open­ing, Murphy con­ceded the point.

“He should have ap­proached it that way,” he said.

Murphy won over the neigh­bors when he agreed to come to next month’s meet­ing. He’ll bring Huynh.

A former nuis­ance bar pro­sec­utor for the Phil­adelphia Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, he sug­ges­ted a per­man­ent con­di­tion­al li­cens­ing agree­ment. The de­tails will be forth­com­ing.

In oth­er news from the March 14 meet­ing:

• Linde Lauff, pres­id­ent of Friends of Pennypack Park, en­cour­aged people to call 215-934-PARK for a re­cor­ded mes­sage on up­com­ing activ­it­ies. The group fo­cuses on re­cyc­ling and cleanups in sup­port of the 1,688-acre park that stretches from Pennypack on the Delaware to Fox Chase Farm.

Lauff, also co-co­ordin­at­or of North­east Tree Tenders, asked res­id­ents and busi­nesses to con­sider plant­ing trees on streets. The cost is $20, and own­ers are asked to wa­ter the tree — 15 to 20 gal­lons a week — for two years.

To re­quest a tree, call 215-694-9607 or email net­reetend­ers@aol.com

Vo­lun­teers will dig holes and plant the trees.

• The as­so­ci­ation gave a tent­at­ive OK for the homeown­ers at 1500 Shelmire Ave. to make a curb cut for a drive­way on the Dor­cas Street side of the prop­erty. The zon­ing com­mit­tee planned to make an on-site vis­it be­fore giv­ing its of­fi­cial ap­prov­al.

The couple’s next-door neigh­bor, who will have a par­al­lel drive­way un­der the pro­pos­al, wrote a let­ter of sup­port. A Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment hear­ing is set for April 9.

• Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues.

The group will also meet on May 9 and June 13 be­fore break­ing for the sum­mer. Eight loc­al pizza par­lors will be in­vited to the June meet­ing for a “Best of Burholme” taste test. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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