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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery City Council is cracking down on nightclubs.

Council members say some business owners who apply for restaurant and lounge licenses end up turning their business into a nightclub.Officials say it's against the law and they have had enough.

"We need to be consistent," says Montgomery City Councilman Jon Dow.

The debate gained momentum after the councilmen granted a business license for a new restaurant and lounge called Pisces.  It's located in Dow's district in front of the Wal-mart on the Eastern Boulevard.

"I'm very apprehensive," adds Dow.

That's because Dow says some other business owners who applied for the same license haven't followed the rules.

The law states a restaurant and lounge must get 60% of sales from food, 40% from alcohol.

"Their food sales do not equal the 60% and their alcohol sales equal way more than 40%."

Dow says that, coupled with late hours results in a club atmosphere. And it's the source of concern when it comes to Pisces.

"Being here as a new business in Montgomery, sometimes you are predetermined on what the old business was," says Pisces General Manager Marcus Webb.

While nearby residents have raised concerns over other businesses that once occupied the same building, the new owners say they have every intention of keeping things here on the up and up.

"We are here as a restaurant and lounge and that's all," says Webb.

"We're gonna always be looking to make sure that they do what they said they're gonna do," adds Dow.

For now, Pisces is closer to opening as all eyes watch what goes on behind its doors.

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