There are plans for a new bar in McCall but its approval partially hinges on its proximity to a nearby church.
Idaho has a statute that prohibits serving liquor within 300 feet of a church unless there is approval from the local government.
Razz, LLC wants to build a bar at 200 Lenora Street just down the road from the McCall Community Congregational Church. Initially, the church sent a letter to McCall City Council stating it was okay with the bar as long as it didn’t serve alcohol before noon on Sundays. But after meeting with the applicant and learning the bar wouldn’t be open before noon, the church rescinded its first letter and sent a new one expressing their board has “no objection.” However, if the current bar plan changes, the church pastor says the board’s decision would “need to be revisited.”
“After meeting with our church board, we have no objection within the parameters presented in her explanation. However, if her business plan would change and be in conflict of the mission of the church, our original no objection to the bar being at the building located at 200 Lenora Street McCall would need to be revisited, as the integrity of the church is always our concern.”
Because a new letter was sent to city council, council members are taking up this proposal again and will vote Thursday evening on whether or not to allow the bar. The first time around, the council did not have a problem with the application.
The plan for the bar would be to add about 20 feet of single-level space onto the building that already exists on Lenora St.
Additionally, the project calls for the installation of a patio to the east for outdoor seating and games like large Jenga, life-size chess, and corn hole. On the inside of the building, there would be billiards, darts, and TVs playing sports. The bar would serve hard liquor, beer, wine, and light snacks. Other details are still being ironed out.
The application for this project is still in the very early phases. In addition to approval from City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission will also have to sign off.