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Denny's in Pacific Beach appeals for alcohol license

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Feel like a frosty beer with your side of bacon? A local Denny's restaurant in Pacific Beach is now making a last-ditch effort to appeal for an alcohol license, and is facing intense community opposition in the process.

The Denny's franchise on Garnet and Mission Boulevard applied for an alcohol license last summer, but was rejected by the state's Alcohol Beverage Control board. It appealed that decision, and will make its case before an administrative law judge on Wednesday morning.

Opponents of this move by Denny's to serve wine alongside their waffles say that this part of Pacific Beach is already saturated with alcohol-serving establishments, as well as the rowdy, drunken behavior that goes along with it.

But other Denny's regulars say they're on board with the idea of beer and wine on the menu.

"I'm perfectly fine with that," said Althia Flanagan. "I'm actually surprised that they don't have it already."

But for Denny's fan Sam Schildkraut, and his faithful Yorkie/Chihuahua sidekick 'Gangsta,' this proposal is a recipe for disaster.

"You go in there when there's not a liquor license and you're already getting drunks," Schildkraut said. "Denny's is too special a place: I think it's too good for that."

Tyler Owyen works as a busboy for this PB Denny's, and told CBS News 8 that he believes there are already too many patrons 'slammed' when ordering their Grand Slams at this particular location.

"There's already enough people that come in drunk and cause problems," he said. "I don't see it doing anything other than making it worse here. I don't see any pros, I only see cons."

Wednesday's public hearing on Denny's appeal for an alcohol license was held in downtown San Diego in the Merrill Lynch building.

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