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Adult club's alcohol license hearing focuses on food sales
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Food sales and registration were at the center of a hearing Thursday involving Gainesville adult club Top of Gainesville and its alcohol license.

Mayur Patel, the registered agent for Top of Gainesville, was the first witness called in the administrative hearing at the Gainesville Municipal Court.

When City Marshal Debbie Jones visited the business on Oct. 6, its kitchen was not operational.

The alcohol license was suspended until the end of the year after an Oct. 23 administrative hearing.

The concern about the kitchen comes from the city ordinances that require at least 50 percent of all business to come from food sales. In the three or so weeks before Jones’ visit, the kitchen was not used every night.

“On and off, we had food,” Patel said, clarifying there was always some food like chips and nuts available.

Attorney Anne Bishop called Sammy Patel, who handles the financial books for the business, to examine the totals regarding food sales. Bishop asserted there were multiple mathematical errors and discrepancies in the books, as she and Sammy Patel calculated some of the totals at the podium.

Bishop asked Mayur Patel about the picture of the menu taken on the night of the visit, discussing the $10 cover charge.

“There’s no item on that menu above $10,” she said.

If a business does not maintain the 50 percent requirement for two consecutive quarters, the business is placed on probation. Top of Gainesville has not received a probationary status, Bishop said.

There was also an issue with the registered agent being filed with the city. If it changes, Gainesville code requires a notification within five days.

An order has not been filed by Judge G. Hammond Law III, the administrative hearing officer, regarding the business.

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