What started as a City subsidized high-end restaurant can now function as a night club. The City Commission, despite concerns from City Commissioners Scott Maddox and Gil Ziffer, decided not to establish hours for the Edison restaurant. The restaurant will now be able to stay open as late as 4 a.m.
Commissioners Maddox and Ziffer had recommended closing times consistent with restaurant operations in the area, but each time their proposals were shot down by Mayor Gillum and Commissioners Miller and Richardson.
When Commissioner Ziffer asked if any commissioners had concerns about late night parties at the Edison, Commissioner Miller took the opportunity to respond.
Commissioner Miller mentioned the recent incident at the El Patron, where a murder was committed, and said she was concerned about late night parties at all establishments not just the Edison.
When she was reminded that the City is the landlord for the Edison and not other establishments, she responded, “that does not matter.”
Also, Ms. Miller just weeks earlier voted to expand operating hours for night clubs from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Ultimately she refused to consider restaurant hours for the Edison.
From the beginning of the project, people were concerned that the only way the Edison could survive is if it became a restaurant/night club and increased revenue through alcohol sales.
The concern was based on the operations of the 101 restaurant which is owned by Adam Corey, the owner of the Edison. The 101 restaurant has failed a liquor audit within the last 18 months.
Coming next, Tallahassee Reports will take a look how the owners of the Edison have increased their influence over the City Commission.