Beer, wine and chow at GIANT
The GIANT supermarket, 3070 Tilghman St., in the Village West shopping center, will be selling beer for consumption on the premises or to go, and wine for take-out.
The plan includes a restaurant in the rear, left corner of the store which will feature a salad bar, sandwiches and hot foods.
Seating will be provided for 30 people who will be allowed a two-beer limit for drinking on the premises, along with purchase of a meal.
South Whitehall commissioners approved transfer of a liquor license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board through public auction to the GIANT on April 5.
Ellen Freeman, of the Flaherty and O’Hara law firm, Pittsburgh, which specializes in beverage alcohol law, said diners will not order off a menu.
“It will be grab and go,” Freeman said.
She said the restaurant will have its own manager and cash register. There will be a 100 -percent carding policy.
The restaurant will have a defined space but will have interior connections and openings to the grocery store.
Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.
GIANT intends to start work on the project in August with opening of the restaurant and sale of alcoholic beverages planned for October.
In other business, commissioners granted permission to Bob Ehle to conduct a controlled burn on agricultural land in the vicinity of 5990 Armstrong St., Orefield.
Ehle told the board it is efficient to manage grass fields with fire, typically every two or three years.
The land under consideration totals 10 acres but is situated in smaller parcels.
Ehle said the burn will take a few hours.
South Whitehall Fire Marshal John Frantz said Ehle must notify the Lehigh County Communication Center the morning of the fire, must obtain a fire code permit, and should proceed only when weather and wind are appropriate.