Down the Street in Cottage Grove is in danger of losing its liquor license after a petition to shut down the business was started by some of the bar’s decidedly disgruntled neighbors.
A hearing later this month will decide the fate of the bar’s liquor license, which the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is currently considering for “non-renewal,” according to a Change.org petition created in support of the bar by its owners. The petition urges Houston city councilwoman and Cottage Grove mayor pro tem Ellen Cohen to join the fight to help keep the bar open. At present, more than 5,000 people have signed the petition, leaving messages in support of the establishment.
“Down the Street is a great, family friendly social venue for the neighborhood,” writes one supporter. “It provides the residents with a close, convenient, safe place to gather with friends and family. I understand the sentiments of those protesting the business, but at the same time, a select few people don’t get to choose for the majority.” The exact nature of the complaints lodged with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are unclear, but the bar attributes its current licensing woes to a “small group” of protesters.
The hearing to determine whether or not Down the Street’s liquor license will be revoked is set for April 27 at 9 a.m. at the State Office of Administrative Hearings building in Houston. Stay tuned as more information becomes available on Down The Street’s fate.