SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The City Council decided Monday night that the owners of Pythian Castle can serve alcohol, even though the historic building sits within 200 feet of a school. City code says the Castle can't be automatically granted a liquor license because its land abuts property of Evangel University. The council made an exception in this case, as it has in a few other cases this year.
The Pythian Castle's owner argued people who hold wedding receptions there expect and deserve the opportunity to drink alcohol. Tamara Finocchiaro addressed the council, explaining that alcohol would only be served for special events and would not be available nightly.
"I have a lot of faith in the students. These people have chosen to go to that school for a reason; they're not the kids that are going to crash my parties or get illegal IDs and try to crash my party. I just don't see it happening," she said. "It's just not really their type of nature."