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By Jacque Ritchie



550 Brewery Photo By Pilar Owens-TALON.

by Jacque Ritchie, TALON

At the upcoming Tuesday July 24, City Commission meeting, Aztec residents will have the opportunity to weigh-in on the possiblity of two businesses recieving liquor license waivers. The waiver is required by state law when a business intends to sell alcohol within 300 feet of a school or church. Applying for the waiver is Aztec Theater & Center for Music and Arts, Inc. which intends to apply for a new liquor license from Santa Fe in early August. Also 550 Brewing Company as per state regulation is applying for a waiver for 119 N. Main and amending their existing lease at 119 E. Chuska because of company restructuring and name change from LLC DBA 550 Brewing Company to 550 Brewing Company.

According to Aztec Director of Community Development Director Steve Savaadra, there are no schools within 300 feet of the businesses but there is the Presbyterian Church at 205 N. Church Street . Savaadra explained that during the hearing any resident may express concerns or support for the issue, "Typically what happens in these cases is; the public has the right to speak and voice their concerns, especially the affected parties, in this case members of the church congregation or clergy." After the public hearing the City Commission will vote on item number XIV on the agenda as to; whether to grant the liquor license waivers.

Established in 2016, 550 Brewing Company renewed a year lease in April of this year, and will remain at their current location at 119 E. Chuska until April 2019. 550 Brewing previously secured a liquor license waiver for the Chuska location which is within the 300 feet limit of the Methodist Church at 123 E. Chaco. At the upcoming commission meeting brewery co-owner Mike Paschall is also requesting that the current lease be amended so that the language complies with state Alcohol and Gaming regulations. State regulations require that the enclosed courtyard area (where customers may consume alcohol) around the building be specified in the lease, as being under the sole oversight of 550 Brewing. 550 is currently leasing space at the city owned HUB business incubator which provides partially subsidized rent and ultilites, including wi-fi for fledgling on-site businesses for a period not to exceed three years. The Paschall family is in the process of securing the cities permission to move the actual brewery operation, currently located in a shop on private land, to a second commercial location at 119 N. Main (just north of Aztec Hardware). In August the Paschall family intends to open 550 Brewing and Pizza Parlor. At the new location folks can enjoy brick-oven baked pizza, calzones, and a salad along with a frosty craft-beer. While traveling over Wolf-Creek Pass on Wendesday Paschall told TALON, "We want to bring the taste of real authentic pizza and calzone to our town, we think the people of Aztec will appreciate that."

Savaadra said, "I am very happy for 550 that they are opening up a second location, that really says alot. They (550) are a HUB success story that shows what the business incubator can do."


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