AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Witnesses for and against the Hotel California liquor license appeal will come back to continue their testimony Friday.
Austintown government officials have objected to a liquor license at the building in the past.
They say they don’t trust the property owner, Sebastian Rucci.
Rucci’s last business in the building was the Go Go Caberet, which was shut down after allegations of illegal activity.
Rucci had applied for a new liquor license, but withdrew his application. He leased the bar operations of his new hotel to another man, who made the application.
“I always say you can put lipstick on a pig but you still have a pig,” Austintown trustee Jim Davis said. “Unfortunately because of the environment that was created before we don’t know that the trust factor is there to trust these individuals who are operating this new establishment.”
The hearing officer will make a recommendation to the state liquor control board.
The state will make a ruling in a couple of weeks.