Mezcal, which helped pave the way for much of the redevelopment along this stretch when it opened at 3230 East Colfax Avenue five years ago, isn't sitting still. Back in October, the restaurant applied for a "cabaret" addition to its liquor license, so that it could have live music on the premises -- including mariachi groups, DJs at some tequila-tastings and even flamenco acts in the summer -- without having to apply for a special permit.
"And no, it doesn't mean that we're turning into a concert hall of a dance club (duh)," says owner Jesse Morreale, who already has a dance club at La Rumba. "It doesn't even mean people are allowed to dance -- you have to have a different license for that!"
On Tuesday, December 30, Mezcal's request will be considered at two community meetings.
The first, hosted by South City Park, Capitol Hill United Neighbors and Colfax on the Hill, and geared toward business owners,is at 6:30 p.m. at Heitler Hall in National Jewish. Then at 7 p.m., Congress Park Neighbors will hold a meeting at Capitol Heights Church, 1100 Fillmore Street.
If you've ever had a marg -- or ten -- at Mezcal, Morreale would appreciate your stopping by one of the meetings to show your support. And maybe as thanks, he'll throw another party with the fabulous Mariachi Vasquez, who performed at Mezcal's fifth anniversary bash two weeks ago.
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