U Stop Fina Near Sunset Trying to Sell Beer. Again.
At the next Dallas City Council meeting, U Stop Fina, a local gas station/convenience store near Sunset High School, is looking to obtain a beer-and-wine permit for the small neighborhood store.
By my count, the owner, Moe Barakat, and his representatives have gone to the council three times for such a permit — U Stop was last denied nearly two years ago at a meeting back in June 2011.
Then, Councilwoman Delia Jasso said the store at the corner of West Jefferson Boulevard and North Brighton Avenue needed to address neighbors’ concerns before they could move forward, adding that U Stop Fina should “come back in six months” once the issues were ironed out.
At the time, Jasso highlighted how neighbors were concerned with some of the customer base habitually urinating on the grounds and, of course, the store’s walking distance from nearby Sunset. One resident told Oak Cliff People some students already manage to shoplift food from the store let alone the alcohol that would potentially be on the shelves.
Both the City Plan Commission and city staff have recommended the council to approve this recent permit and now will be up for public discussion next Wednesday.
In any light, it seems the store obviously took its time in getting things in resubmitting, and those interested should make it to Dallas City Hall for the public hearing meetings on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.