No alcohol served at Country Club, for now

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Alcohol is temporarily unavailable at the Andalusia Country Club, despite a special called meeting Monday of the Andalusia City Council to approve a liquor license for its restaurant.

Casey Jones, who operates the Oak Tree Grill restaurant at the club, told the council that when he closed his downtown restaurant, C.J.’s, he surrendered the restaurant’s liquor license and operated under the club’s license. He was advised by members of the ABC Board that was his best option, he said.

However, he said, in the past year he has been told that he cannot operate under the club’s license and must get a private club license. To do so, he first needed 100 members, he said.

“We got people to fill out applications and pay $1 to join,” he said. Eventually, everyone who is a member of the club will have to do the same, he said.

Jones said he was informed last week that the ABC would pull the club’s liquor license yesterday, Mon., Oct. 24.

Paperwork for the new application should be completed today, he said, adding that he expects to have a license in place by Wednesday afternoon.

Council members Kennith Mount and Jason Jewell, as well as Mayor Earl Johnson, voted in favor of the license. Council members Terry Powell and Will Sconiers abstained. Councilwoman Hazel Griffin was absent.