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Two local restaurants get OKs for riverfront licenses
Updated on: 02.05.14

Michelle Kritzer and Big Woods Brewing Co. will be the first two recipients of Nashville Riverfront District licenses, pending approval by the town council on Thursday, Feb. 20, and later, the state.

The Nashville Redevelopment Commission, which is appointed by town council, unanimously approved their applications Feb. 4.

Riverfront districts allow restaurant owners to apply to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission for three-way liquor licenses, which otherwise wouldn't be available because all such licenses the state allows Brown County by population are in use.

The Nashville Riverfront District, established in November, covers most of downtown and properties in town limits along Salt Creek east of Nashville. To be "riverfront," they must be within 1,500 feet of a waterway, not counting floodplain in that distance.

A restaurant having a liquor license could mean the difference between it being profitable and going under, local restaurant owners have told the commission. Diners expect to have alcohol available with a meal, they said.

Kritzer has 18 bids out to "gut" the old Casa del Sol building just east of town, at Parkview Drive and State Road 46 East, and open a new restaurant no later than June.

Last year, Kritzer moved Casa del Sol into town, to the former Holy Cow steakhouse building on East Washington Street. "That move was influenced by the opportunity to obtain a liquor license at the new location," she explained.

This week, Big Woods Brewing Co. began renovating the former Tucker Building, now called Big Woods Village, on Van Buren Street. The plans include creating a large, indoor entertainment area upstairs to accommodate parties, and doubling the total seating capacity between the brewery and pizza restaurants.

The company currently does not have a three-way liquor license; it serves only its beers.

"The top question we get from our clientele is: 'Why do you just serve your beer and why don't you have wine or mixed drinks?'" Big Woods' riverfront license application said. "The expansion of our beverage offerings will enhance Nashville's regional appeal and double our fan base."

Read more details in the Feb. 12 Brown County Democrat.

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Josephine Lee Cueto, 62, Morgantown
  Daughter of Priscilla Burgmeier of Nashville

Mary 'Jane' Kollman, 92, Nashville
  Mother of Janet (Tom) Gaskins of Nashville

Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

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