New 'Rooftop Bar' in Five Points gets approval for liquor license

New 'Rooftop Bar' in Five Points gets approval for liquor license
Updated: Sep. 6, 2018 at 4:44 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A liquor license has been granted to the Rooftop Bar in Five Points, despite opposition from residents near Five Points.

USC was also listed in court documents as opposed to the bar. The bar's majority owner, Brenda Wells, is the mother of Daniel Wells.

Daniel Wells previously owned the Pour House in Five Points, which was shut down more than a year ago after being deemed a public nuisance following an assault, in which Wells was charged.

SLED and Department of Revenue officials say they do not have any evidence that Daniel Wells has ever had a management role or interest in ownership at The Rooftop Bar.

There are some conditions the bar and its owners will have to abide by in order to retain their license to be open. In addition to the typical rules for scanning ID cards to make sure nobody underage is getting inside, the operators will have to do the following:

  • Pricing all alcoholic drinks at $3 or more.
  • They are also not allowed to offer any alcohol promotions.
  • The bar must also exclude the promotion of alcohol from its advertising.
  • They must also serve lunch or brunch every day the business is open, beginning no later than 11:30 a.m.

Attorney Dick Harpootlian, who was opposed to granting a license to The Rooftop, he says he believes these conditions will "cripple and then kill" business at the bar, and says this decision is the "next best thing" to the bar not getting a license at all.

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