As I've mentioned before, there is a turmoil going on right now over the revocation of some liquor licenses here. Rumors are running faster than a brook after a rain. I'm not even going to repeat them because I don't want the waters to get any murkier. (gee, can I insert one more water analogy or what!)
I spoke to the President of the Union of Restaurant and Bar owners about this issue. Here's what he told me:
1. The former Mayor had entered into an agreement with the local distributors that allowed them to purchase multiple liquor licenses in their name and in return "rent" them to various establishments. (this was a way to ensure that the business only did business with that distributor also)
2. The current Mayor has declared these agreements illegal. Each business shall be the owner of their own license.
3. The cost of the new license is $15,000 USD.
End of discussion.
Simple really. If you aren't in on a deal, nip it in the bud and set up your own way to get money into your coffer. A lot of businesses were caught in merde creek without a paddle. Many of the little stores in the colonia area were forced to stop selling beer. Their moneymaker. I know for sure that it affected Ronco and the one right down the street from me. (even though I still heard the familiar clank of bottle against bottle inside the plastic bags they carried past)
Evidently some kind of deal has been struck. The President failed to fill me in on any of those details. I don't know this for a fact, but a lot of previously shut down places have suddenly reopened over night, selling alcohol again! I just scratch my head wondering where these Mom and Pop stores got 150,000 pesos together to buy a license. I think a big part of this story is missing and we will never know what it is.
It has now gotten to the point that it is easier to tell which places still do not have a license, as of last Saturday night. Here's the list:
La Marquesita - closed
Bamboo Too - closed