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Zudars' deli gets second shot at liquor license

The City Council agreed to rehash the request to serve alcohol. Limited parking was cited in last week's rejection.

Times Staff Writer
Published September 26, 2003

TAMPA - Marc and Didi Zudar will get to go back to the Tampa City Council for seconds.

The council agreed Thursday to reconsider the couple's request to sell alcohol at a deli that will open on W Platt Street near Bayshore Boulevard.

Last week, the council unanimously rejected the request.

Council members said the deli between Four Green Fields Irish pub and Publix supermarket didn't have enough parking. They also didn't want another establishment that sold alcohol so close to St. John's Episcopal Parish School.

But council members agreed to hold another hearing on the request.

The Zudars' lawyer, John B. Grandoff III, argued that the debate about parking should have been moot.

The Zudars already have approval to open the deli, which satisfied city parking codes. They plan to open a deli by the end of October - even if they can't serve alcohol.

Zudar also said he had changed his parking plan to address concerns about traffic raised by the church.

But consultant Stephen Michelini, who represents the church, told council members that the church had not changed its position. It still opposes the plan for the deli.

Another hearing will be held Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., after the deli opens.

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