This is an urgent appeal from the St. George Wine Club. The Granary, a new restaurant in Santa Clara, has applied for a wine and beer license. Wine club events have been held there, as well as wine seminars and dinners. Now their application may be denied. Please read this carefully and then contact the DABC to support the Granary. The restaurant does great food and the people who run it are great.
From the St. George Wine Club: “On Tuesday morning, 11/24, our wonderful friends/owners at The Granary, Pat and Wayne Johnson (who are also SG Wine Club members in very good standing!), will be in Salt Lake City, hoping to finalize their application for what will be the first-ever beer/wine license to be issued in Santa Clara. The city fathers (and mothers) recently gave this application the green light (thanks in part to a number of our members speaking up at a SC city council meeting on The Granary’s behalf). But earlier today, at a public hearing with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, a very large and vocal group of SC residents spoke out in opposition to the license being issued, and had extremely negative things to say about the consumption of alcohol in general, its consumption in Santa Clara in particular, Pat and Wayne’s scurrilous character in wanting to serve wine at their restaurant, etc., etc.
“Pat and Wayne have been advised by the DABC Compliance officer that they have done everything required, and have crossed every “T” and dotted every “I” perfectly. However, due to today’s stacking of the deck by those who oppose the responsible consumption of alcohol by anyone, anywhere, it was also strongly recommended that a letter-/email-writing campaign would help The Granary’s cause. So here’s where you come in:
“If you’ve ever been to The Granary, if you were at our fabulous wine club social there a few months back, if you’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Pat and Wayne and know what lovely people they are, if you believe that offering beer/wine as part of a dining experience should be a no-brainer, if you believe that it’s long past time for Santa Clara to allow adults to make their own choices, if you believe that those who spoke up today represent the minority opinion, or if…well, you get the idea…PLEASE take 3 minutes and send an email to DABC Compliance Officer Dan Oberg at firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. on Monday, November 23.
“Your message need not be longer or more eloquent than “we respectfully request that you grant The Granary its beer/wine license.” If you feel compelled to go into more detail about what terrific people Pat and Wayne are, and why they deserve to complement their European-style menu with select beer/wine offerings, etc., that would be icing on the cake. But at this point timing is of the essence…so even the briefest of notes would be extremely helpful.
“Of course we will keep you posted on the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting. And on behalf of Pat and Wayne, we extend enormous thanks in advance to everyone for your assistance. Looking forward to the time when we can all enjoy a fine vintage in Santa Clara!”