A Hare Krishna temple in the Central West End is opposing a liquor license sought by a business planning a nearby restaurant.
HHB Restaurant Group originally sought a 3 a.m. license for an upscale restaurant to open in the old Playboy Club building at 3914 Lindell Boulevard near the temple.
After meeting with neighborhood residents and businesses who had problems with a club that operated in the building after the Playboy Club moved on, HHB decided not to seek the 3 a.m. license at a hearing Tuesday at St. Louis City Hall.
The Hare Krishnas abstain from alcohol and said a liquor license so near their temple might violate state law. St. Louis Excise Commissioner Bob Kraiberg said he would look into their legal concerns and issue a decision on the license within a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, representatives of the temple and the restaurant plan to meet to discuss possible compromises.