STATE PERMITS Liquor issues stir up Canfield restaurant

CANFIELD -- Phyllis and Tony Olin stress that they don't want to move their restaurant out of the city. They say they've put too much hard work and money -- about $500,000 -- into the restaurant to leave.
But they think they may not have any choice if restaurant owners in the township can obtain liquor permits and they cannot.
"People choose to go where there's alcohol," Tony Olin told Canfield City Council at a meeting Wednesday night. Tony and his wife, Phyllis, co-own AngeNetta's restaurant on Cardinal Drive.
"I don't want to be surrounded by a bunch of places that will put me out of business," he said.
On the ballot
Five businesses in the township have placed a total of eight liquor issues on the Nov. 2 ballot: Chudda Bing on Starr Center Drive and four others under construction on U.S. Route 224: the Ironwood Seafood Grill, Mallory's at Ironwood, Continental Grill and the Kennsington Golf Course. Only Tippecanoe Country Club and Chudda Bing, which is seeking to sell liquor and to sell on Sunday have liquor permits in the township now. Voters have yet to allow a business in the city to receive a liquor permit.
"It's obvious that Canfield is opposed to alcohol," Tony Olin told city council. Council member Kevin Hughes responded "that's the sentiment that's been there."
Giant Eagle's attempts
Council member Sam Boak noted that Giant Eagle on U.S. Route 224 has placed issues on the ballot that would have allowed it to sell alcohol in the past three elections, and each time voters defeated the issues.
Tony Olin said developers have asked him and his wife to move AngeNetta's to U.S. Route 224, but they have refused so far because of the amount of work they've put into the Cardinal Drive location. The restaurant has been open for two years and has 45 employees, Phyllis Olin said.
The Olins also own the Emerald Diner on North Main Street in Hubbard.
Customers lost
Phyllis Olin said she believes AngeNetta's already has lost some customers to restaurants that sell alcohol on the Boardman side of Tippecanoe Road.
If the liquor issues for the township businesses are approved Nov. 2, AngeNetta's may ask voters for permission to serve beer and wine next year, Tony Olin said.
He added that he would want to have the community's support in seeking a liquor permit. Boak noted he expected liquor permits to be addressed in the "vision plan" for Canfield that is set to be created using comments made by residents at public meetings last week.
Nov. referendum
On Wednesday, City Manager Chuck Tieche also urged residents to vote for a referendum Nov. 2 that will allow the city to continue to tax profits from businesses that have "S corporation" status under the federal tax code.
Those who receive profits pay the city a 1 percent tax on the money, Tieche said.
He stressed that the referendum is not for a new tax; the city has been taxing the profits of S corporations for about 20 years. The city receives between $125,000 and $300,000 in revenue each year from S corporation profits, Tieche said.
Boak noted that only about 1 percent of city residents pay the tax.
Changes in the state and federal tax codes required the city to put the referendum on the ballot, he said.

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