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PORTLAND-The plans for East went south this week. A tie vote by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Tuesday will keep the new cocktail lounge proposed for Old Town in limbo. The lawyer representing East entrepreneurs Mike Quinn and John Plummer requested reconsideration of the liquor license application after the commission split 2-2 on their request–despite the commission’s own investigator recommending approval–but that won’t occur until early next year, maybe in February.

The five-month-old application drew heavy criticism from Chinese business owners and social service agencies concerned not only about the character of the area, which already has the area’s highest concentration of bars, mentally ill and drug addicts, but also its proximity to a Chinese language school and the Classical Chinese Garden, one-half block away. Entrepreneurs Mike Quinn and John Plummer say East will be a quiet and upscale facility. It will have a DJ, but there will be no live entertainment, no dancing and no lottery games.

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