New restaurant receives three-way liquor license

A downtown restaurant has been approved to receive a liquor license for its business to be located in The Commons.

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission on Monday approved the liquor license for Sarah Bravo, who plans to open Luciana’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina with her husband Alberto at 310 Washington St.

The Bravos were awarded a three-way license for beer, wine and liquor sales.

They plan to invest $250,000 to $300,000 to renovate the facility and add new equipment.

The Bravos, who are not seeking any financial support from the city for the project, will take over the remaining seven years on the lease for the former Jordy McTaggart’s Grill & Pub, which closed in January after being in operation for nearly three years.

The couple plans to begin work on the restaurant soon with hopes to be open in the next 90 days, according to the liquor license application.

The restaurant will be the couple’s third location, with the two other locations in Indianapolis. The first opened in Broad Ripple in September 2015 with another location that opened on 82nd Street near the Keystone at the Crossing shopping center.

The city now has about a dozen businesses with riverfront liquor licenses, said Heather Pope, redevelopment director for the city. The Bravos still have to meet state requirements set by the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission, Pope said.

The city increased the number of riverfront liquor license permits from 10 to 15 in October. The number had been previously increased from five to 10 in 2010, according to the city.

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