Store owner Sean McNeal said he decided not to open next week after speaking with Robert A. Hamilton, deputy administrator of the N.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Commission.
“He told me in no uncertain terms that he would have me shut down if I open Monday,” McNeal said Thursday. He was told that opening Asheville Growler could affect his permitting for a separate business, the laundry and pub Bar of Soap.
Sounds like a veiled threat from the alcohol officials, who should have gotten their act together and at least approved temporary rules that would allow business owners to open. The state board will meet again in a month.