Remember last month when The Lounge On Elm Street co-owner Glenn Jackson said his bar would be getting back its liquor license in a week or so? That's still the case, as the payment and paperwork for the club's late renewal are seemingly ensnared in the bureaucracy of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
"We're hoping by the end of the week," he says. "We're just waiting on the TABC. They tell us they handle everything in the order they receive it. With the Dallas office, we'd turn in something, and then they'd say they need this, so we'd turn in that, and then they'd need something else, and it just went on like that for a while."
Despite the frustrating delays, Jackson keeps an optimistic outlook after being told yesterday that it would be five to 10 days before the state processed the renewal, whereupon the Lounge could pick up a temporary license at the Dallas TABC office.
In the meantime, the club has fulfilled obligations to live acts such as Har Mar Superstar (though DJ nights have been put on hold) and scraped by as a BYOB venue, selling set-ups, ice and mixers from the bar.
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"We've done the best we can to stay open," Jackson says. "Most places would close until they have it situated, but it was our mistake. It was our screw-up, so we don't want to make the bands pay for it. We just hope people continue to support us like they did before."