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Mayor Paul Soglin and members of city Council approved liquor licenses for Dragon I and Short Stack Eatery on State Street.

Madison’s Common Council approved numerous downtown liquor licenses and one entertainment license to restaurants near the campus area at its meeting Tuesday.

Dragon I restaurant and Short Stack Eatery received approval from Common Council to serve alcohol within the conditions of the Alcohol License Review Committee. Under the conditions, the two establishments must fit the legal definition of a restaurant and stop serving alcohol at midnight daily.

Dragon I, located at 422 State St., serves Asian cuisine inspired by various eastern countries including Vietnam, Thailand and Korea. Short Stack Eatery is a breakfast diner at 301 W. Johnson St. that serves customers 24 hours a day from Thursday to Sunday.

The city Council also approved an entertainment license for Roast Public House, artisan sandwich shop and bar, located at 558 State St.

According to a letter from Roast Public House owners to the Alcohol License Review Committee, the goal of the entertainment licenses is to increase business during late hours. The owners disclosed plans to accommodate space for a makeshift stage and approval from the building’s landlord. The license allows the restaurant to hold entertainment two nights a week from Sunday through Wednesday or Thursday.

The city Council also approved plans to send city staff and any city alders on the Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan Oversight Committee to tour Strasbourg, France and Freiburg, Germany.

According to Mayor Paul Soglin, the trip would allow members to observe and study innovative urban transportation systems that would serve as amenities to Madison’s current transportation systems.

The plan received some disapproval from Common Council members due to results from previous trips.

“I haven’t seen how the previous trips really translate to our decision-making,” Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, District 5, said.

Other council members accepted the plans with enthusiasm for the betterment of Madison.

“I was quickly persuaded by the fact that this would expand our horizons and expand the way we’re thinking about transportation,” Ald. Maurice Cheeks, District 10, said.

The council also approved of the JDS Development’s plans to develop the Judge Doyle Square as a result of the decision made at the Judge Doyle Square Ad Hoc Committee meeting Monday.

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