Portland council tried to head off OLCC decision

Oregon's Liquor Control Commission approved Friday a license allowing the Cartlandia food cart pod on Southeast 82nd Avenue to sell beer and wine.

OLCC's liquor license approval came three weeks after Portland's City Council asked the agency to reject the license. City commissioners said in January and February that they didn't want the OLCC to grant licenses to food carts before the city was able to create guidelines to prevent problems in surrounding neighborhoods.

The license was granted to Roger Goldingay and Carol Otis, for the pod of about a dozen food carts at 8145 S.E. 82nd Ave. The approval included six restrictions that call for the alcohol to be served only in one fenced spot - a 'beer garden-like' structure - with monitoring. The alcohol could be served between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Entertainment would be prohibited in the area between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. each day.

Cartlandia's owners applied in June 2011 for the first food carts liquor license. City officials said the OLCC action could open the door to licenses for the nearly 698 food carts. City officials said that because of 'transitions in staff,' the city did not take a formal position on the license by an OLCC deadline, giving the application a default 'favorable' recommendation.

On Feb. 8, the council agreed to oppose any liquor licenses for food carts in the city. An opinion by the state attorney general's office told the OLCC that there was no reason to prohibit liquor licenses for food carts. The city opposes them because the carts cannot control what customers do with the drinks once they purchase them and go to common seating areas or outside the food service area.

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