by Lisa Tome
Since opening Four Seas in Rising Sun Plaza 11 years ago Takis "Peter" Rahaniotis has doubled the size of the restaurant and pizza shop.
Now he wants to offer more.
Rahaniotis has applied for a liquor license which he says he will use so he can sell wine and beer in the restaurant. "It will be beer and wine to start. A lot of people want beer or wine with a good meal," said Rahaniotis. "We may serve liquor later. I want to see how it goes."
He said he doesn't have plans to sell alcoholic beverages to go.
"I'm not planning to go crazy. I just want to serve wine with dinner or hot wings and a beer. I only want to sell it here (on premises). I don't want to compete with (liquor stores).
Rahaniotis said this plan is part of the investment in his business. The restaurant formerly had 16 seats. It has been expanded to a second store front and can seat 70. "This (liquor license application) is just another part of the expansion," Rahaniotis said.
The liquor board public hearing for Four Seas will be held in January, likely January 30.
This is the second attempt in 16 months for a business in that plaza to obtain a liquor license. In August 2014, the owners of Cigar-Etc applied to sell liquor. The goal for them was to sell fine wines and liqueurs to accompany their upscale cigar business.
Store owner Balraj Singh and manager Shergill Singh were represented by attorney Robert V. Jones.
Business owners from Johnston's Liquors, Triangle Liquors, Benjamin's Store, and Chrome Dairy's Beverage Outpost banded together against the issuance of the license. Attorney Will Riddle represented that group which he called the "surrounding licensees".
Riddle said that the liquor commissioners must consider the need or desire. He said public need for this license "does not exist." Riddle also presented stacks of signatures of those who were against the license.
That request by Cigar-Etc was denied and they did not receive a license.