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Huntington Beach eatery gets recommendation for alcohol license despite residents' objections

June 13, 2011 | 12:32 pm

Despite objections from some residents, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control recommended approval for an alcohol license for Ka Shabu in downtown Huntington Beach.

Department officials said at a hearing last week that the restaurant had already made concessions to the community while selling liquor under a temporary permit. They also said it would provide a unique dining experience in the neighborhood, due to its unusual style that allows customers to cook their own meals at the table.

Judge John Lewis, who mediated the hearing, said he would submit an opinion within 30 days to the department's office in Sacramento. The department could then accept or reject his opinion, according to the Huntington Beach Independent.

There has been much debate about whether downtown Huntington Beach has too many alcohol-serving establishments. Resident David Rice said he had no problem with alcohol-serving restaurants, but was worried for his family's safety in a neighborhood with so many of them packed together.

"I don't think we'd be sitting here if this applicant was a mile and a half away," he said.

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-- Michael Miller, Times Community News

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