INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence has recommended that the state grant liquor licenses to two prospective businesses.
City Council unanimously voted in favor of a full-on premises license for the Hop & Vine Barrel House, 250 S. Main St.
Owner John Whitmire plans to offer craft beers, local wines, spirits and a modest menu. There will also be live music, lottery machines, billiard tables, and wine and beer tastings.
Whitmire said he hopes to open in early August.
The city's recommendation goes to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which uses input from communities when determining whether or not to give an applicant a license.
City Council also voted in favor of a warehouse sale license for TT Trading Company.
According to a staff report, owners Alexander Thomas and Hui Lin would store Oregon beer, wines and ciders in a unit at Polk Storage on Hoffman Road for sale to distributors across the United States and East Asia, primarily China.
"We will be working with our current distributors in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan and Singapore as well, to continually expand our market base in every country," said Thomas, who lives in Dallas.
Thomas said the plan is to utilize more units as demand goes up, and at least one a temperature-controlled storage space.
Thomas said he and Lin plan to use the mini-storage until the business grows large enough to justify moving into an office and warehouse.
There would be no direct alcohol sales on site, officials said.