Come mid-May, Lancaster city should have its first vegan bar and restaurant.

City council on Tuesday unanimously approved a liquor license transfer that paves the way for restaurateur Rob Garpstas to open root (The "r" is lower case) at 223 West Walnut Street.

Council approved the transfer following a brief public hearing that included a recommendation from Mayor Rick Gray for approval. No one opposed the transfer, which had been in Ruby Tuesday Inc.'s name, but was being held in safekeeping by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Gray wondered if there were many vegan bars around. Vegans do not eat or use animal products. 

Garpstas, of East Hempfield, said Philadelphia has one and it had a two-month waiting list to dine at.

Garpstas' restaurant will have seating for about 90 people: about 70 in the restaurant and about 20 at the bar.

Garpstas began leasing space in the building that was once part of the Wacker Brothers Eagle Brewery.

The license transfer hearing had been scheduled for February, but was postponed until Tuesday.

In other business, council:

• Recognized the J.P. McCaskey High School varsity boys basketball team for its 2014-15 season

• Recognized Lois Groshong for her 15 years of service to the Lancaster Historical Commission, serving as chair for 10 years. The commission oversees construction and demolition of properties within the city's Heritage Conservation District.

• Designated March as Women's History Month.

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