The Las Peñas restaurants will soon expand into the City of Jenkins.
Charles Caldwell, who owns and operates the Las Peñas in Whitesburg, made the announcement Monday at a meeting of the Jenkins City Council. Caldwell said the restaurant will be located in the city community center next to the new Jenkins Swimming Pool.
Caldwell praised Jenkins City Manger Todd DePriest, calling De- Priest very easy to work with. The planned opening date for the Las Peñas restaurant in Jenkins is May 1.
Council members greeted the news with enthusiasm. Caldwell called the expansion a win-win for both him and the city. He said he intends to become the first restaurant in Jenkins to serve alcohol. Jenkins residents voted to approve alcohol sales in certain restaurants about three years ago.
Caldwell said he serves alcohol at his other restaurants and that the practice has not had a negative effect on the family atmosphere. He added that he has very strict rules for his employees about checking identification to ensure that minors are not served.
In other business, the council passed an ordinance that allows the city to enter into a funding arrangement with the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to provide funds for sewer rehabilitation in Dunham as part of Phase III of the city’s Sewer Rehabilitation Project.
The council also passed an ordinance that allows the city to engage Nesbitt Engineering to provide a digital map that will detail the exact boundaries of the city. Mayor G.C. Kincer said the previous city maps had relied largely on guesswork, and that in order to qualify for more funding sources the city needs a specific digital map.
Councilman Rick Damron, who is an engineer, called the old map the “Magic Marker Map,” and said the new digital one will have the exact boundaries the agencies require.
The council also discussed the parking situation in Number Two Bottom at Burdine. Although the item was not on the agenda for Monday’s called meeting and the council could take no official action, officials looked at drawings brought in by Councilman Damron and agreed that the plan he is proposing will allow each household to have one parking space in front of their residence.
The matter will be on the agenda when the city council meets March 17 for its monthly meeting. The regular meeting had been scheduled for March 3, but was canceled because of bad weather.