Main Street Pizza gets thumbs up; ABC Board rejects appeal

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – If you’re ready for beer and pizza in Lawrence County, you’ll be happy to read this news.

An appeal was heard Wednesday at the ABC Board meeting in Little Rock – and denied – giving Main Street Pizza in Walnut Ridge the go ahead to continue building and to serve beer, wine and spirits with their menu.

The to-be-finished pizzeria, owned by Juan Carlos Aguilar, will continue its construction, which had stalled pending an appeal to a private club liquor permit conditionally issued earlier this year.

At the July 20 Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board meeting in Little Rock, a private club permit was issued to  Aguilar for Main Street Pizza, 207 W. Main Street in Walnut Ridge. However, Dr. Derek Collins of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge sought to appeal the decision. Collins fought the move but was ultimately rejected in his efforts by the ABC Board, sources at the meeting told NEA Report.

Despite the appeal, the director upheld the decision to grant the permit conditionally. Those conditions include, “completion of remodeling, receipt of health department approval, installation of all kitchen facilities, lighted fire exit signs, a landline telephone, with reinspection by ABC Enforcement,” according to the board meeting notes.

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