City Councilwoman Cracks Down On Stop And Go Stores That Sell Shots

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia City Councilwoman is bringing attention to so-called “stop and go” stores that sell shots of alcohol.

“What kind of food do you sell? What can I buy here to eat? Noodles.”

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass wasn’t really hungry. She was asking the operators at the Polar Deli at 22nd and Cambria whether they believed they could legally sell liquor by the shots because they sold food. Even if that food amounted to only ramen noodles and candy.

“This is an establishment that serves alcohol. You serve hard liquor. You serve beer. This is not a place for children. This is essentially a bar.”

A man behind the plexiglass said the owner recently took over.

“She doesn’t speak enough English.”

Bass is co-sponsoring a bill that would revoke the business licenses of establishments that allow so-called nuisance behavior.

She said other members of the Asian Beverage Association attended a community meeting on the issue last week, but the operator of the Polar Deli did not.

 

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