Thursday, February 29, 2024

Wrightsville Beach’s Red Dogs gets temporary beer, wine permit from ABC Commission

The bar lost its ABC permit more than two years ago and has been granted a temporary permit for beer and wine but not liquor.

Andrew Brothers is trying to re-open Red Dogs as the town of Wrightsville Beach opposes its permit application with the ABC Commission. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
Owner Andrew Brothers at Red Dogs in the months leading up to the ABC Commission’s decision. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

(Editor’s note: This article has been edited to clarify several details concerning the ABC permitting process for Red Dogs.)

RALEIGH — The ABC Commission has granted approval for a temporary beer and wine license for Wrightsville Beach bar Red Dogs, ending a period of more than one year of closure since the business lost its liquor license in November 2017.

According to records found on North Carolina ABC Commission’s website, permits to sell beer and wine on premise was issued on April 11 and extends to July 30 later this year. There was no permit issued for the sales of liquor.

On Thursday afternoon, Kat Haney confirmed that Red Dogs received its ABC permits for on-premises malt beverage and unfortified wine.

READ MORE: Red Dogs owner files ABC permit, prepares to battle Wrightsville Beach officials who deem bar a “nuisance”

Current owner Andrew Brothers, who also owns Dubliner Pub near Greenfield Park, applied for an ABC application in early February.

After then-owner Charlie Maultsby lost his liquor and beer permits in November 2016, the owner of the downstairs bar Jimmy’s received a temporary permit the following December. Applications for a new permit were rejected in November 2017 and again in February 2018.

Thursday’s decision means that Red Dogs will not receive a permit to operate as a “mixed beverages private club.”

It is unclear when Brothers will re-open Red Dogs to the public following ABC’s decision.

(Editor’s note: This article includes a minor correction to the date when Red Dogs initially lost its liquor and beer permits.)


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