Royal Grove

The Royal Grove on West Cornhusker Highway 

The newly reopened Royal Grove received final approval Monday from the City Council on its long bureaucratic road to a liquor license.

The nightclub had asked the city to change zoning on its parking lot from residential to commercial.

The council approved that zoning change at its meeting Monday, paving the way for the city clerk to issue the liquor license.

That zoning change is required for the club, 340 W. Cornhusker Highway, to get a liquor license under the city zoning laws, which try to avoid having businesses with liquor licenses near residences.

The council had already approved a liquor license to be granted when the zoning issue was settled.

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The City-County Planning Commission also unanimously recommended the zoning change, and the state Liquor Control Commission agreed to allow the club to get more than the normal number of special designated licenses so it could serve alcohol at weekend events until the zoning issue was cleared up.

Royal Grove owners promised to maintain the area as a parking lot as part of the agreement with the city for the zoning change.

The Grove, which opened in 1967 but had been closed for four years, was grandfathered under previous liquor license laws, despite the residential zoning. But the club lost that grandfather status when the previous license was not used for more than two years.

The club has been operating on weekends and serving alcohol using special designated licenses, which are meant for occasional events.

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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