The Shake Shack’s application to serve wine and beer has been delayed by ten letters of protest, a state official has confirmed.
“It’s going to be awhile,” said Nora Amante, a licensing representative for the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control office in Santa Ana.
The Shake Shack applied for the license in May; read our story here. Fourteen letters were sent to ABC officials protesting the license, and 10 of the letters were validated, Amante said.
The protest letters generally expressed concerns for the dangers of intoxicated patrons leaving the parking lot and exiting onto East Coast Highway, she said. Currently Amante is investigating the protests and eventually will write a report supporting or denying the license application.
If the license is supported, she said she would notify all the protesters, who would then have an opportunity to request a hearing. The process could take a month or two, she said.
In an email, Tad Belshe, executive vice president of Ruby’s Diner Inc., said the Shake Shack’s application was completed June 18, and he expected a decision would take another 60 to 90 days.
“We know that ABC does a very thorough job to ensure the granting of any license is the best decision for all involved and we are looking forward to what we hope will be a rather easy decision for approval,” he said in his email. “We are currently waiting for the preliminary information from ABC and are looking forward to the next steps. We understand that the process will take time, which is completely understandable. We are confident that the best decision will be made by all involved. In the meantime, we are enjoying the summer sun and continue to do what we do best, which is serve our guest the best burgers, shakes and fries.”
The Vin Goat cheese shop at 3326 East Coast Highway last week received an ABC license to sell wine and conduct after-hours tasting classes; read our story here.