An employee at Mariscos Zamora
Mariscos Zamora has been around for twelve years, but when their owner asked the Santa Ana Planning Agency for permission to serve alcohol until 2 am, they rejected his request. They cited the usual reasons, which you can read in the Planning Commission agenda for tonight’s meeting. But what really struck me was the chart (see below) showing that out of 15 competitors, three are not allowed to serve alcoholic beverages after midnight – but the rest of them have no limits at all.
How is Mariscos Zamora supposed to compete with restaurants that can stay open later and serve alcohol later? And why is it that new restaurants, with bars, in Downtown Santa Ana, have gotten pretty much everything they wanted? Continue reading