A change in ownership of two Albion businesses has rendered one liquor license useless for the time being and another on the verge of the same fate.

The Albion City Council heard from two local business owners, one who just starting in the community and the other having just sold her establishment, during their December regular meeting Monday night. Both requested the city take action regarding liquor licensing for their respective businesses, with Albion Mayor Wesley Harris setting a meeting of the city’s liquor commission for Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

The liquor licenses awarded to El Gallito’s Mexican Restaurant is no longer valid as it has closed and a new Mexican restaurant is taking its place. Knapp Oil has also come under new ownership, which means Knapp Mart’s liquor license is set to become invalid by Friday as well, with no ownership set to take the reigns of the business by Dec. 11.

Lizabeth Gonzales, owner of El Cactus Tex Mex, the new restaurant moving into the location formerly held by El Gallito’s, addressed the council, requesting a liquor license 

“When you think of Mexican restaurants, you think of margaritas and stuff,” she said. “That would be helpful for people who want to come in with their kids and enjoy (a drink) after work.

“We’re wanting to open with dine-in and carryout.”

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