With a few quick votes, a request to allow alcohol in the tent on the street next to Magellans was shut down by the Waukesha Ordinance & License Committee Monday evening.
If approved, the pizza place and bar would have been allowed to serve alcoholic beverages on the tented/fenced off area that is on West Main Street in front of its building. The hours would have been from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays from July 22 trough Aug. 19, which would correspond with Freeman Friday Night Live, where Magellans sponsors a stage for live music each week.
Without asking for comment from anyone in the crowd – representatives from Magellan’s were not present – the council quickly moved to deny the extension of premises request.
“I don’t feel like we need to move the alcohol out onto the streets like they are requesting,” said Alderman Steve Johnson, adding that Freeman Friday Night Live is a family-orientated event that has a block party atmosphere.
Johnson added that he has seen people walk on the sidewalk with alcohol. However, bar staff members have been seen keeping people from taking the alcohol off the sidewalk and directing them toward the specific outdoor tables were alcohol is allowed or into the bar area.
Those familiar with Magellans’s request said after the meeting that owner Dan Italiano thought the Ordinance & License Committee meeting was next week Monday.