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Austin's Oyster Bar moving to former Hooter's site

Austin Newman is requesting permission from the city commission to move his alcohol license permit from his old location to the new.

— The head of a local Oyster bar will attempt to breathe new life into a building previously associated with the Hooter's organization, city documents show.

According to public records obtained from the city of Albany, Austin Newman is asking permission of the city commission to transfer his alcohol license application from Austin's Barbecue and Oyster Bar at 2820 Meredyth Drive to 2817 Old Dawson Road-- the new location of Austin's Firegrill and Oyster Bar.

The application has been recommended for approval by code enforcement officials and meets all of the standards set by the city, documents show.

Attempts to reach Newman for comment were unsuccessful.

Hooters was closed down and evicted from the location by the property owner earlier this year.

Joe Watkins filed a dispossessory action against the parent company of the tenants of the Hooters franchise in February on behalf of his investors group, Lake Worth Properties. In the court papers, Watkins contended the tenants failed to pay rent for December and January and had not spoken about extending their lease, which ended Jan. 31.

The commission will take preliminary action on Newman's request Tuesday, but binding action won't come until the commission's night meeting Sept. 27.

Ironically, it's the second oyster bar up for consideration on Tuesday's agenda.

Cafe 230, doing business as Booters Bar and Grill downtown, is seeking an alcohol and liquor consumption license. The bar will be located in the site of the former Dtown General Store at 104 North Washington Street.