El Azteco to Sell Take-out Alcoholic Beverages

By Emily Sklar
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

East Lansing restaurant owner Arturo Santa Cruz was granted the right to sell packaged beer and wine in a unanimous vote during last Tuesday’s city council meeting. Santa Cruz, owner of the restaurant El Azteco, addressed the council Tuesday night, urging them to grant his request for a Specially Designated Merchant, or SDM, license for his East Lansing restaurant. Santa Cruz said: “In asking for this SDM license, I’m not asking to put up another liquor store. I’d really like to just sell beer and wine with the foods that we have, keeping us in tempo with the Lansing restaurant.”

Darcy Schmitt, Planning-Zoning Administrator, addressed the council and explained, “Typically a restaurant that would have an SDM license is using it as an additional accommodation for patrons coming in to get takeout so they are not making two stops to get a beverage.”

During the council meeting, another request to grant similar license to a BP gas station owner was denied due to concerns by the board. Mayor Pro-Tem Diane Goddeeris demonstrated her support for Santa Cruz’s request by discussing his success with his past proposal of adding rooftop seating.