Chambersburg Borough Council OKs new liquor license

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The Chambersburg Borough Council voted 8-2 Monday to approve an application for an economic development liquor license aimed at bringing two new restaurants to town.

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Bistro 71 is way over priced.
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Mike Ross has done a good job bringing companies into our area.
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Now let's get Greene Twp to allow liquor licenses for nice restaurants on all the undeveloped land surrounding the mall. It would create jobs and eventually bring better stores and pump more money into the local economy.
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Did they really have to have a liquor
licenses? These restaurants can stand
on their food served alone. I've gone
to these places and didn't drink.
Besides their drink prices are out of
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“Excuse me while I kiss the sky”

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The homogenization of America continues...
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So everyone wants to complain about a company that wants to brings jobs and revenue from taxes to Chambersburg. You all need to leave the good ole boy attitude behind you and get with the program. I sure don't appreciate my taxes going up every year. Maybe this can take some of the tax burden off of us. Those business owners that don't like it should just close thier doors and go away. Its called free enterprise. If they get a liquor license a little cheaper so what. It has restrictions. Get over it.
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Just Wondering wrote:
Did they really have to have a liquor
licenses? These restaurants can stand
on their food served alone. I've gone
to these places and didn't drink.
Besides their drink prices are out of
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Well they wouldn't say it is was imperative to the deal if it weren't necessary.. You don't realize the profit margin on alcohol.
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and typical cburg will reject this and then complain later that companies won't come here. don't think other corporations don't watch these kind of deals to see how easy it is to work with the locals.
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Didn't take long for some palms to get greased.
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The palms of the new employees who Darden will hire or the money all us taxpayers will benefit from the economic value of this development. It is money that makes the wheel turn round but in this case it is good money for good things. Maybe even a little bit of the extra tax money can be used to put a fresh coat of paint on an aging downtown?
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For all the nay-sayers, do you ever wonder why we lose out on the big guys coming here? Martinsburg just won the Macy's contract and will have 1,900 hundred new jobs at that warehouse/distribution center. For those that complained, your neighbors may be the ones commuting to WV every day for any one of those jobs.

Read the fine print, one license granted per year. If the license was not granted, it is lost. Just as it was the past two years. They still have to buy another for $500,000 or more or move to Carlisle. Too many greed mongers sitting on licenses. They should be revoked if not active for 365 days.

They are not building those restaurants for Chambersburgians, but for people willing to drive here for the restaurants. People off I81, Shippensburg, Greencastle and all the little surrounding townships that are used to driving an hour to any kind of restaurant. I too would rather drive up to Carlisle than Hagerstown for Olive Garden so if I have to, I will.
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Wildone wrote:
Bistro 71 is way over priced.
At least it is locally owned and provides an alternative to the Ryan's-Mcdonald's-Darden line of same old food that is served in every shopping mall in America. If you don't mind seeing money sent to zillion dollar CEO's in other States, then pay the lower price and enjoy institutional food. Hey, the good thing is you won't notice the difference when they move you into a nursing home.:)
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It seems "Downtown" Chambersburg has moved 2 miles to the east and is now located at the intersection of I-81 and Route 30/Walker Road.

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Just Wondering wrote:
Did they really have to have a liquor
licenses? These restaurants can stand
on their food served alone. I've gone
to these places and didn't drink.
Besides their drink prices are out of
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These chain restaurants sink or swim based on alcohol sales. They are the number one profit center for all chains and developers will not build them without a license to serve. Just because you don't drink at Olive Garden, or the couple next to you didn't last time you were there, doesn't mean people do not drink there. Olive Garden is the nation's number 1 seller of wines.

We have an awful lot of economic and marketing experts here commenting on this. Darden, Inc. knows that its restaurants make a lot of money on alcohol sales. Why? Because most people like to have a drink with a nice meal. If they can't sell alcohol, they will simply go somewhere that they can.

This isn't Dodie's.

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Pamale wrote:
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At least it is locally owned and provides an alternative to the Ryan's-Mcdonald's-Darden line of same old food that is served in every shopping mall in America. If you don't mind seeing money sent to zillion dollar CEO's in other States, then pay the lower price and enjoy institutional food. Hey, the good thing is you won't notice the difference when they move you into a nursing home.:)
I wouldn't bother responding to people who say that places like Bistro 71 are "way overpriced." Many folks around here have a hard time differentiating quality from quantity. I would argue that Bistro 71 serves one of the best meals in Chambersburg. Their food is fresh and delicious, presentation are unique and the prices are quite reasonable compared to similar food in more affluent areas. It's probably one of only a handful of restaurants around here that have an actual chef on staff. It's not a place you go once a week for a burger - it's a nice restaurant that you go to for a celebration, a night out with friends or a romantic dinner. I know that I have enjoyed my experiences there, the owners are wonderful people, and I appreciate that I can get a glass of beer or wine there.
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I'm conflicted because I see the good that having those places here would bring but muli-million dollar corporations should be able to easily pay the high cost for the licenses. The rich just keep getting richer because of that. They don't pay taxes the way you and I do. We need the jobs and money brought to our community but at what cost? It's hard to stand for what you believe in when the line is so blurred.

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stuck in cburg wrote:
I'm conflicted because I see the good that having those places here would bring but muli-million dollar corporations should be able to easily pay the high cost for the licenses. The rich just keep getting richer because of that. They don't pay taxes the way you and I do. We need the jobs and money brought to our community but at what cost? It's hard to stand for what you believe in when the line is so blurred.
I understand and agree with what you're saying in principle. But at least the places aren't just dumping down wherever they feel like - there are sites specifically designated for restaurants like these on Norland Ave. It's either they get built, or the lots sit empty. I'd rather at least whatever modest tax revenue and jobs that provides than having a patch of dirt with utility wires sticking out of it.
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Now let's get Greene Twp to allow liquor licenses for nice restaurants on all the undeveloped land surrounding the mall. It would create jobs and eventually bring better stores and pump more money into the local economy.
I AGREE
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RPG wrote:
It seems "Downtown" Chambersburg has moved 2 miles to the east and is now located at the intersection of I-81 and Route 30/Walker Road.
no way, are you serious?

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