Council Memo

Public Hearing and Consideration for a New Liquor License Application for a Series 12 Restaurant Liquor License from Benedetto Sal Anzelmo, Applicant, for Sals Pizza; Location: 126 S Montezuma Street.


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Category:Liquor License

Document Comments

Recommended Action: 1) MOVE to close the Public Hearing; and 2) MOVE to approve/deny/make no recommendation for Liquor License Application No. 83953 for a New Series 12 Restaurant liquor license, for Sals Pizza; Location: 126 S Montezuma Street.


Liquor License Application


Benedetto Sal Anzelmo has applied for a New Series 12 Restaurant liquor license for Sals Pizza.


License                                                         Sals Pizza                                                                                                                                                                        126 S Montezuma Street

Applicant                                                        Benedetto Sal Anzelmo

City Application No.                                          19-354

State Application No.                            83953

Sixty Day Processing Deadline              January 17, 2020


Staff Recommendation


Police Department                                          In Compliance

Community Development                            In Compliance

Business & Sales Tax Licensing              In Compliance

Public Comments Received              None


NOTE:  State law provides that for a liquor license application, “In all proceedings before the governing body of a city…the applicant bears the burden of showing that the public convenience requires that the best interest of the community will be substantially served by the issuance of a license. “(A.R.S. §4-201)




The application presented for consideration has complied with each of the following requirements.


1.              The application has been filed with the State Liquor Department and released to the City for additional processing.


2.              The City application fee, set by Section 4-7-3 of the Prescott City Code, has been paid.


3.              The application has been posted at the proposed location for the required twenty days and statements of opposition or statements of support received by the City Clerk are attached.


4.              The Police Department has reviewed the application according to State law, which precludes issuance of a license to any person who: (1) Within one year has violated any provision of a liquor license or had a liquor license revoked; or (b) Within five years of the date of application has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude.


5.              The Community Development Department has reviewed the application to determine whether zoning is proper.


6.              The Finance Department has reviewed the application to determine any delinquent tax information.


Public Hearing and Action Procedure


The City Council's recommendation of approval, disapproval or no recommendation will be forwarded to the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control ("Department") for their


Recommendation of Approval

If the City Council recommendation is for approval, no hearing is required unless the Director of the Department, the State Liquor Board ("Board"), or any aggrieved party, requests a hearing on the grounds that the public convenience and the best interest of the community will not be substantially served if a license is issued. If no hearing is requested, the Director may approve the license.


Recommendation of Disapproval

If the City Council recommendation is for disapproval of an application, a statement of the specific reasons along with a summary of the testimony or other evidence supporting the recommendation for disapproval is required to be attached to the order of disapproval and submitted to the Director, after which a public hearing will be held.


No Recommendation

If the City Council makes no recommendation, the Director may cancel the hearing and issue the license unless the Board or any aggrieved party protests and requests a hearing.  If the reason for the protest is clearly removed or deemed satisfied by the Director, the Board shall cancel the hearing and the Department may issue the license.



Financial Impact


The application and license fees have been paid. 




Meeting History

Jan 14, 2020 3:00 PM  City Council Voting Meeting
draft Draft

Applicant Benedetto Sal Anzelmo was presented and addressed Council regarding the upcoming installation of a pizza oven in the restaurant space. They will have full pizza pies as well as slices and be open until 2 a.m. on the weekends.


MOVER:Steve Sischka, Councilman
SECONDER:Steve Blair, Councilman
AYES:Greg Mengarelli, Billie Orr, Steve Blair, Phil Goode, Cathey Rusing, Alexa Scholl, Steve Sischka