Staff works to save Evans business that lost liquor license

Published: Oct. 10, 2022 at 6:28 PM EDT
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EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Staff at a popular spot in Evans rallied together in hopes of saving the business after Columbia County leaders stripped away its liquor license.

Stay Social Tap and Table’s license to sell alcohol was revoked after county leaders say they found more than 50 percent of the revenue was coming from alcoholic menu items.

Now the owner and her employees are trying to figure out a way to stay in business.

It’s been game-planning here in this building, the owner called a meeting around 1:30 p.m. to figure out the next steps, but also trying to boost morale among the team.

Owner Renee Hajek states, “Do we want our alcohol license back? Of course, but in the meantime, my mom always said, ‘you have to make hay when the sun shines the sun is shining let’s get this party started.”


Even with the decision last week, Hajek still has many questions.

“We’re asking A. what that notice looks like and B. when will it be delivered,” she said.

With the notice not delivered, the taps are still technically open, but with the sad faces on them, they’re prepping for it to be permanently closed off.

She states, “If we lose our taps tomorrow...time is money. We’ll need to get on it as soon as we can.”

The meeting covered three main topics: updates, the needs moving forward, and what the future menu will look like.

As of now, the business is looking for support through a petition and a fundraiser to raise money for legal fees.

Hajek says moving forward, she doesn’t want their brand to change. The creation of that loyalty, says we support all people, and we support all businesses.