Aug 102016
 
The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone's Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone’s Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Simone Reggie, co-owner of Simone's Market planned for Oak Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (via City of New Orleans)

Simone Reggie, co-owner of Simone’s Market planned for Oak Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (via City of New Orleans)

Simone’s Market, the new grocery store slated to open on Oak Street this fall, easily won approval to include packaged alcohol among its aisles Tuesday evening from the City Planning Commission.

After more than six hours of debate about short-term rentals Tuesday afternoon, the City Planning Commission was moving rapidly through its remaining business when it reached the request for alcohol sales at 8201 Oak Street. The staff reminded the commission that the grocery will be allowed to have no more than 15 percent of its merchandise as alcohol, and co-owner Simone Reggie spoke briefly about her concept of farm-fresh food in an urban neighborhood.

“The concept of it is if a grocery store and a farmer’s market had a baby, and having a chef do all the prepared foods,” Reggie said.

Without any questions, the commission approved Reggie’s request by a 9-0 vote. The proposal will next be forwarded to the New Orleans City Council for a final decision.

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