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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Providence's Iron Gate Grill wants to be a brewery

By Megan Wiseman

February 11, 2009 | PROVIDENCE Iron Gate Grill had the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) give a presentation to the Providence City Council Tuesday about getting a brewery license.

Owners Jeremy Jones and Shelice Condie hope to bring more notice to the restaurant and think that can happen by obtaining a brewery license to produce their own beer.

"It's a pride of authorship and also a money motivation," Jones said to the council.

Licensing and Compliance specialist Neil Cohen, who gave the presentation for the DABC, explained the logistics of obtaining a brewery license and exactly what it meant. Cohen said that getting a brewery license is a difficult process and that an establishment that was trying to obtain one would first need to get an operation permit through the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Once the establishment has been qualified with the TTB, which is a very hard process, they are basically a "shoo-in for the rest of the process" said Cohen.

Not all members of the council were completely on board with the idea of a brewery being established in Providence. Councilman John Russell had concerns about what regulation Providence city had once the establishment was granted their brewery permit. Russell asked if Iron Gate Grill were to get the brewery license to supplement their restaurant and then a couple years later decide to shut down the restaurant and only be a brewery, would the city have any control over being able to stop the company from starting off as one business and evolving into another?

After much discussion and confusion the council and Cohen came to the conclusion that the city wouldn't be able to affect the business through licensing policies, however, zoning policies would be a factor and the business would most likely have to be moved or changed if the situation occurred.

Although Iron Gate Grill already has a liquor license which allows them to serve alcohol, Jones said he is hoping the restaurant could turn into something more like Roosters Brewing Co. and Restaurant, but for Logan.

Iron Gate Grill hasn't started making any big moves towards becoming a brewery, but the owners wanted to start the process by having the council informed on the steps and regulations the restaurant would have to go through.

Mayor Randy Simmons said that the issues will be a topic of many upcoming city council meetings before any final decisions are made.

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