A Swamplot tipster is claiming that H-E-B’s Montrose Market, which opened earlier this week without a liquor license, will have difficulty obtaining one — unless some strings are pulled. Before the opening, H-E-B had announced plans not only to sell packaged beer and wine in the new store on the former site of the Wilshire Village apartments at the corner of Dunlavy and West Alabama, but to allow customers to order drinks by the glass and take them to the store’s outdoor patio as well.
But the license did not come through by the opening date. H-E-B Houston president Scott McClelland told Chronicle reporter David Kaplan on opening day that he expected it to come through in 4 to 5 weeks. A company spokesperson tells Swamplot that until the license is approved by the TABC, the store has stocked its future liquor department with other items for sale. What could have caused the holdup?
The campus of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, a Montessori school for toddlers through high schoolers, sits at the corner of Sul Ross and Woodhead, one block west of the new store. The city ordinance governing alcohol sales only prohibits them within 300 ft. of a school, and H-E-B blocked off any connection to its property from Sul Ross with a wall.
But the same ordinance also allows the governing bodies of private schools such as St. Stephen’s to request that city council designate areas within 1,000 ft. of the campus as an “alcohol-free” zone. And according to state law, that distance is measured in a straight line from property line to property line.
- H-E-Bâ€™s grand opening will be without beer, wine [Prime Property]
- H-E-B’s Montrose Market will have many firsts [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: A Tour of the Lake Flato-Designed H-E-B Montrose Market, Open Today, Open and Shut: The Montrose H-E-Bâ€™s Pedestrian Gates
- Wilshire Village coverage [Swamplot]
Photos: Candace Garcia