The alcohol permit renewal for Nightshift Gentlemen’s Club in North Webster was continued Thursday to November. It’s being purchased from Dharmesh Patel by Jonathan Bransfield, who owns Cover Girls in Fort Wayne. Photo by David Slone
The alcohol permit renewal for Nightshift Gentlemen’s Club in North Webster was continued Thursday to November. It’s being purchased from Dharmesh Patel by Jonathan Bransfield, who owns Cover Girls in Fort Wayne. Photo by David Slone
The alcohol permit renewal for Nightshift Gentlemen’s Club in North Webster was continued Thursday to the November meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Board of Kosciusko County.

Nightshift – doing business as Stimmelator’s Gentlemen’s Club, according to the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s hearing notice – also is being purchased from Dharmesh Patel, of Goshen, by Jonathan Bransfield. Bransfield owns Cover Girls Ladies & Gentleman’s Club in Fort Wayne and a pizzeria in Ligonier.

Patel purchased the business from original owner Sam Stimmel about four to five years ago after Stimmel had a series of legal issues.

Excise officer Jesica Hyndman told Bransfield that the current owner was informed of the continuation of the beer, wine and liquor restaurant permit.

Kosciusko County Area Plan Director Dan Richard also was at the meeting for the  permit renewal hearing, but did not comment since it was continued to November. He had been asked by the town of North Webster to attend.

Asked why the permit renewal was continued to the November meeting, Hyndman said, “The ATC is reviewing the permit currently. It’s complicated. ... (Excise officer) April (Tackett) specifically is handling it herself so she wanted to be the one to handle it and she knew she couldn’t be at this meeting.”

After the meeting, Bransfield said he runs a clean business.

The Alcoholic Beverage Board unanimously approved beer and wine dealer permits for two new Dollar General stores in the county.

One is at 8919 E. Black Point Road, Syracuse, and the other is at 4739 N. Ind. 13, Leesburg.

Lisa McKinney, attorney for Dollar General, said both are new stores and are located very close to the lakes.

Margaret Bach, Dollar General district manager, said the Leesburg store had its grand opening Saturday with a soft opening the Monday before that. The Syracuse store opened about a month ago. Both locations have about seven employees each.

McKinney said Dollar General has over 200 permits in the state for beer and wine. Bach said many of the stores carry produce, a variety of freezer products and more.

All Dollar General Stores handle the sale of beer and wine the same way, McKinney said. They card everyone that comes in the store who wants to purchase alcohol.

A transfer for a beer and wine dealer permit for Kmart, 3350 Lake City Highway, Warsaw, was withdrawn, Board President Elim Smith said. In August, Kmart announced it was closing its Warsaw store.

Permit renewals approved by the commission without any remonstrators included:

• Noble Stores, 10010 N. Turkey Creek Road, Syracuse, beer and wine dealer permit, grocery store.

• Pizza King, 1039 E. Winona Ave., Warsaw, beer and wine retailer permit, restaurant.

• Buffalo Wild Wings, 376 Enterprise Drive, Warsaw, beer, wine and liquor, restaurant.

• El Arriero, 819 N. Detroit St., Warsaw, beer, wine and liquor, restaurant.

• The Bowling Alley, 1535 N. Detroit St., Warsaw, beer, wine and liquor, restaurant.

• Maria’s Original House of Pancakes, 3865 Lake City Highway, #F, Warsaw, beer, wine and liquor, restaurant.

• Maxwelton Golf Club Inc., 5721 E. Elkhart County Line Road, Syracuse, beer, wine and liquor, restaurant.

The next board meeting is 1 p.m. Nov. 7 in the old county courthouse.