Macon-Bibb to consider denying alcohol license for bar planned at former Wings Cafe site

An Oct. 17, 2016, Telegraph file photo of the former Wings Cafe, which was shut down following deadly shootings in 2014.
An Oct. 17, 2016, Telegraph file photo of the former Wings Cafe, which was shut down following deadly shootings in 2014. wmarshall@macon.com

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the County Commission denied the license.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission will consider whether to grant an alcohol license for a new sports bar at the former Wings Cafe, the scene of deadly shootings in 2014.

The County Commission initially denied an alcohol license for ESPOM Sports Bar and Cafe Tuesday but later voted to table to measure so it could be brought up again at a later date. Sheriff David Davis said his office would monitor the new business to see if some of the same problems that plagued Wings Cafe arise again.

The  2822 Bloomfield Drive property is still primarily owned by Young K. “Tom” Kim, who also operated Wings Cafe, but there is different tenant for the sports bar, Davis said.

Davis said Kim and the new tenant say they plan to attract a different type of crowd than the customers who frequented Wings Cafe. Authorities shut down that business after the shootings.

“If they start opening late and having some of the same issues that Wings had, we’ll be on top of that and come back to you all with the evidence that they are stepping outside the boundaries,” Davis said at Tuesday’s precommission meeting.

The County Commission did deny an alcohol license renewal earlier this year after deputies responded to numerous calls at the M&M Grocery convenience store on Montpelier Avenue.

Commissioner Larry Schlesinger had said he favored granting the license since the sheriff’s office will report if there is an issue with ongoing criminal activity.

In other business Tuesday, commissioners approved:

▪  A new dog park with a walking area that’s coming to Lizella.

The county will spend up to $494,626 from the 2012 SPLOST to build the park on Fulton Mill Road property located near the animal shelter.

▪  Using $150,000 for the new Poplar Street Commons Park that will be located between First and Second streets.

The idea for the park was part of a compromise among Macon-Bibb officials after controversy surrounding an alcohol ban at the nearby Rosa Parks Square.

▪  A resolution asking the state Legislature to change the SPLOST law so blighted structures can be torn down on private property.

Stanley Dunlap: 478-744-4623, @stan_telegraph