Rochester, N.Y. - Zeppa Bistro adds a modern flair to the historic German House on Gregory Street.
The German House has been there for more than a hundred years, serving people and alcohol.
But its new restaurant, Zeppa Bistro, says its liquor license could be in jeopardy because of its close proximity to two churches.
Saint Boniface Church is just across the street and has been there for over 150 years.
The church is just shy of 200 feet away from the restaurant. Under state law, the liquor authority can deny a license to a business serving alcohol within 200 feet of a church or school.
But Zeppa's owners, Seth Lindahl and Casey Hollenbeck say this was never a problem before.
Saint Boniface Pastor, Father Robert Kennedy says the German House has always been a good neighbor and continues to be a good neighbor since opening Zeppa Bistro in January.
Father Kennedy tells us: "I would hope the church wouldn't be used as an excuse to deprive a business of its livelihood."
The State Liquor Authority tells us it does have concerns about the close proximity of churches, but admits before now, the German House has been grandfathered under the existing law.
A spokesman also tells us Zeppa Bistro's owners failed to note on its application that it was located near the churches.
He says the authority will decide on a permanent liquor license sometime in July, but says Zeppa's owners can renew their temporary license and continue serving alcohol.