A Portsmouth coffee shop will seek permission again tonight to serve alcoholic coffee beverages.
The owners of Custom House Coffee, which celebrated its 10th business anniversary earlier this year, want to serve alcohol at its Portsmouth shop. The store's owners are seeking to secure a liquor license for the King Charles Drive and West Main Road location.
The coffee shop's owners will appear at a second hearing tonight before the Portsmouth Town Council. Serving as the Board of License Commissioners, the council will approve or deny Custom House's request for a liquor license.
The council meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Despite the local license, if granted, the King's Grant Fellowship church across the street might prevent establishing a liquor license at this shop. State law prohibits any establishment to serve liquor within 200 feet of a church.
The coffee shop's owners have petitioned and met with state legislators about this law. According to the shop's owners, the current law was modified for this particular location.
Custom House Coffee currently operates shops in Middletown and Portsmouth, with a third shop to open this summer in Fall River, MA. The Middletown store has operated with a liquor license since last year.