Vision Ventures Investment Group announced in February that a new dining spot, Navy Yard Biergarten & Restaurant would open in the former Carpet One building on Lexington's Main Street.
The announcement garnered excitement as Downtown Lexington's development has skyrocketed within the last decade, Navy Yard being one of the largest additions.
In a statement released Friday, Vision Ventures' legal counsel noted that Navy Yard's opening is currently at a standstill. This comes after a protest of the restaurant's application for a beer, wine and liquor license was submitted by St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church of Lexington. The church neighbors Navy Yard's space on Lexington's Main Street.
In response to the protest by St. Stephen's Lutheran Church of Lexington, John Alphin, Legal Counsel for Navy Yard on Main, released the following statement:
“Due to a recently submitted protest of our application for a beer, wine, and liquor licenses filed by St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church of Lexington, Navy Yard on Main Restaurant and Biergarten remains delayed indefinitely at this time. Despite our team’s countless efforts to resolve this matter with St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and its leadership team, we must now wait on the justice system to make a determination on this protest and our application for a beer, wine, and liquor licenses. Ultimately, the court’s decision will determine if and when Navy Yard on Main is able to open. It is our hope that we will welcome the community to Navy Yard on Main soon."
A petition in support of Navy Yard's alcohol licenses has been created, which can be found online.
Updated 11:24 a.m., May 10: Cola Daily reached out to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church for a comment and the following statement was provided by Pastor Jason Antley:
"St. Stephen’s has been a dedicated and faithful member of downtown Lexington since 1830. We have been and continue to be a supportive partner in the growth of this community. While the issue at hand is complex and has potential long-term ramifications for St. Stephen’s and our beloved Town of Lexington, we continue to navigate this process hoping for a positive outcome, and we are committed to doing what’s best for our community overall."