Gainesville Restaurant Fights To Stay Open
Michelle Reeves always wanted to open her own restaurant, and about 18 months ago her dream became a reality when she opened the Fat Tuscan Café on NE 1st St. in Gainesville.
But because of the residential location, the city placed special zoning restrictions on the cafe, like not allowing it to be open after 4 p.m. or on Sundays.
But in order to keep her dream alive, Reeves chose to keep serving food after 4 p.m. because she says that's what the public wanted. Now the city is enforcing the 4 p.m. closing time, which could force the restaurant to close. And, the customers aren't happy with the idea.
Reeves is trying to have the zoning laws changed because she says her café is good for the community.
Reeves is hoping the city commissioners will lift some of the restrictions. If not, she says her dream will turn into a nightmare if she has to shut down.
Once all the paperwork is filed, Reeves will have to go before the city commission for approval. She hopes the whole process will only take about three months.
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