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Entertainment District business gets liquor license

5/15/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

GREEN — A new type of dessert will be offered to the community when Pav’s Creamery opens this year as part of the Heritage Crossings complex on Massillon Road in Green.

At the May 13 Green City Council meeting, Council agreed not to hold a hearing for a request for a new D5J liquor license for Pav’s Creamery, which has a successful location in Coventry. Since no hearing is needed, the liquor license is approved, according to city officials.

Nik Pappas, of Pav’s, said the liquor license will allow for alcohol-based desserts to be served at the new location.

“We are going to explore this novelty item,” he said.

For example, Pav’s would offer wine sorbets and beer shakes, Pappas said.

He told Council items containing alcohol only will make up a small portion of the menu.

Pappas said he is hopeful the alcohol-infused desserts will help Pav’s Creamery stand out in a community that already has several other ice cream establishments in close proximity.

He added Pav’s also will have an enclosed, 2,000-square-foot patio and gazebo area for special events where wine also could be served.

Pav’s also will offer crepes and Belgian waffles, Pappas said.

Councilman James Ahlstrom (Ward 1) explained the D5J license will allow the establishment to serve alcohol seven days a week, but the license must remain within the entertainment district. He said Pav’s is the third business to request one of the 15 D5 liquor licenses available in the city’s entertainment district.

Last spring, Council approved a 970-acre entertainment district to attract additional national and regional restaurants to the city, specifically along the Massillon Road Corridor.

Another restaurant continues to be in the works on Massillon Road, as well.

At the regular meeting, Council introduced legislation authorizing the city to enter into a cooperative agreement with 5430 Southpark LLC to share the cost of constructing a waterline to serve the new Twisted Olive restaurant at 5430 Massillon Road.

5430 Southpark LLC purchased the property located at 5430 Massillon Road from Green and is proceeding to construct and open the Twisted Olive restaurant in Southgate Park, city officials said.

The cost to extend water to the new restaurant is approximately $160,000, the resolution states.

The waterline extension also would provide water access to the city for the care and maintenance and future amenities at both Southgate and Boettler parks, according to the resolution.

Also according to the resolution, the city desires to contribute $80,000 to the cost of the waterline, which equals one-half of the total cost.

During the Intergovernmental and Utilities Committee meeting, held just prior to the regular meeting, Tim Cox, owner of Akron Canton Transport, was present to discuss the city’s current legislation regarding taxi service in the city, especially to and from the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK).

Current legislation, approved earlier this year, states taxi cabs must post rates and have meters, said Law Director Steve Pruneski.

Cox said he is concerned his company will have to raise rates because insurance rates go up when meters are present in vehicles.

Pruneski said the city and CAK representatives are in the process of “tweaking” the legislation to ensure rates are fair for travelers.

Council President Gerard Neugebauer (at large) said the issue will be visited again in the near future.

Also during the regular meeting, Council:

  • heard the second reading of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds in the maximum principal amount of $290,000 for the purpose of retiring notes issued to pay costs of various capital improvements;
  • heard the second reading of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds in the maximum principal of about $6.9 million for the purpose of retiring notes issued to pay costs associated with the construction of Town Park Boulevard;
  • approved an emergency resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with H.M. Miller Construction Inc. for emergency repairs to a storm sewer outfall at 3816 Cayugas Drive at a cost of approximately $75,000; and
  • selected Charles Schreckenberger to fill an opening on the Historic Preservation Commission.

Council will meet May 27 for its next regular meeting, starting with committee meetings and a presentation on the future of the Massillon Road Corridor at 5 p.m. and the Council meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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