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Judge grants temporary certificate of occupancy to Moulton restaurant

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — The Lawrence County circuit judge ruled in favor of Captain Dave's Steak and Seafood Restaurant on Tuesday by allowing it to open under a temporary certificate of occupancy.

Owner David Alexander said he plans to open the restaurant for dinner Wednesday evening and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. five days a week, beginning Thursday.

Alexander and his wife, Margaret, have been renovating the building on Court Street for more than 11/2 years and have jumped several hurdles, he said.

The final hurdle was the city building inspector's refusal to issue Alexander a certificate of occupancy because he had failed to submit architectural drawings for an awning constructed on the front of the building facing the courthouse.

His request for a temporary certificate was also denied, although he promised to provide drawings within 30 days. His attorney, Chris Malcom of Moulton, filed a complaint and asked the judge to overrule the building inspector's decision last week.

Judge Philip Reich gave Alexander 30 days to provide blueprints for the awning, but Malcom said the architect should have them ready within two weeks.

"At that point, in my opinion, there should be no reason the city would not supply a full certificate of occupancy because we are in compliance in all other areas and have passed a final inspection," he said.

In the meantime, the owners are thrilled to be opening the restaurant, which showcases Moulton's history in a rustic building filled with antiques and memorabilia, said Margaret Alexander.

"We have pedal cars all around the restaurant that David has collected over the years, signs from Dad's old hardware store that was open from 1947 to 1968, and a lot of memorabilia from when David's dad was mayor," she said.

The menu features the obvious steak and seafood, as well as sandwiches and "lots of good appetizers," she said.

Captain Dave's will be the only restaurant serving dinner on Moulton's historic square.

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