Taco Mamacita, the hip new Mexican-food eatery in the Edgehill neighborhood, can now serve beer.
The Metro Council Tuesday night approved an exemption for the restaurant, freeing it from a Metro law that prohibits the sale of beer in establishments within 100 feet of residences.
The restaurant had already been able to serve high-alcohol beer and liquor, which is governed by the state. Unlike Metro, the state doesn’t impose restrictions based on proximity to households.
As part of the exemption approved by the council, Taco Mamacita is not allowed to hold outdoor concerts.
Mayor fills departmental budget gaps
The council last night approved supplemental appropriations totaling $4.6 million, which will be given to several Metro departments to shore up budget expenditures for the current fiscal year.
Mayor Karl Dean and his administration requested the additional funding.
Among departments receiving funds are the Metro Nashville Hospital Authority, the recipient of $2.2 million; Metro Codes, the recipient of $144,000; Metro Public Works, the recipient of $270,000; and Metro Parks and Recreation, the recipient of $175,000.
The most recent supplemental request came from the codes department, which will be using the $144,000 to demolish several dilapidated buildings that pose as public safety hazards.
The issue was brought to light after a house fire in East Nashville displaced more than 20 residents on the street. The codes department had targeted the building for demolition, but it remained standing because of a lack of funding.
Metro pays off patrol car crash victims
The council last night also voted to award $243,000 to five people who were injured when their vehicle was struck by a Metro Police car on Clarksville Pike.
The council’s action settled a lawsuit that had been slapped on Metro.
The council approved the $243,000 sum unanimously, but some questioned why the police officer who struck the car was only suspended for one day.