Liquor licenses at four Birmingham restaurants are in jeopardy, according to Downtown magazine. Birmingham's Commission will hold a public hearing on March 16 to determine whether or not to renew the licenses for Social Kitchen & Bar, Bistro Joe's, Cosi, and Dick O'Dows.
Three restaurants—Bistro Joe's, Cosi, and Dick O'Dows—were identified as owing money to the city for taxes and/or water, while Zack Sklar's Social Kitchen & Bar is said to not be complying with its special land use permit. "We can't get them to cooperate, and it's been going on for two years," says Mayor Stuart Sherman. According to city commissioner Mark Nickita the permit requires "five trees and uplighting," but the restaurant only has "three trees and no uplighting."
UPDATE, 3/3, 8:07 a.m.: In response to the comments by city commissioners, Josh Humphrey, partner in Peas & Carrots Hospitality which owns Social Kitchen & Bar tells Eater, "The only outstanding piece we have in regards to meeting the conditions of the special land use permit are uplights. They have been installed, we are just waiting for the inspection. It doesn't look as though we will be involved with the hearing."