The Huntington Beach Planning Commission denied a downtown burger joint's request on Tuesday to serve beer and wine to its customers.
Bomburger Restaurant, which has been serving burgers, fries and onion rings at 200 Main St. for almost a year, applied for the alcohol permit to help boost business, said owner Rob Sleenhof.
The request, however, violates a city resolution designed to limit alcohol-related issues in downtown. The resolution, which was approved in January 2010, requires any restaurant or bar serving alcohol to close at midnight.
Bomburger wanted to keep its 2 a.m. closing hours, but offered to stop serving beer and wine at 10 p.m.
"There are rules and the rules need to be followed," said Kim Kramer, spokesman of the Huntington Beach Downtown Residents Assn.
He added that allowing Bomburger to serve alcohol would discredit the work of the residents, who worked hard on the city's resolution, and it would create a precedent that would force the city to consider the same request by future applicants.