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Column: Dallas Brewpub brouhaha

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I know this will shock everyone reading this but the city is STILL stonewalling AllOnGeorgia’s open records request. The latest correspondence from inept city attorney Glen Stinson states that the city does not have an application for a brewpub. Mr. Stinson’s complete letter is below.

Glen Stinson response 3


I find the statement that the city does not have an application for a brewpub particularly curious because the owner of the brewpub, in a letter obtained by ORR from the county, describes several meetings with the city. One of the meetings described is with “Dallas planning and zoning”. According to the City of Dallas website, the Planning commission meetings are typically at 7 pm on the Thursday preceding the council’s Monday meeting. According to the commission schedule, there are “application deadlines” for each month that must be met in order to be on the agenda the following month. This leads me to believe that there, in fact, applications of some sort. The meeting schedule is below.


Here is the entire letter from BrewPub owner Gary Leake.

Letter from Owner Gary Leake


Earlier today I sent a letter to Mayor Austin informing him that I would no longer communicate with Mr. Stinson via certified letter and that at this point I would just file an additional grievance with the Georgia Attorney generals office for every 24 hour period the city remained in non-compliance. You can read the letter below. As always, AllOnGeorgia will update as the story develops.

Letter to Mayor Austin

Matt Lowe was born in Helena, Montana and grew up in Austell, Ga. He attended South Cobb high school and Chattahoochee Tech. He is an avid outdoorsman. He lives with his wife and 7 children in Dallas, GA. If you’d like to follow more of Matt you can find him on Instagram and Facebook.



  1. William DEARMON

    April 10, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    About time we got a nice place like Johnny McCrackens in Dallas. Gary is a great guy and this multi-purposed location will drive more visitors and revenue to downtown Dallas and the area in general.

  2. karen steele

    May 7, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Can’t wait for Johnny McCracken’s in Dallas to open. The one in Marietta is awesome and we need one here. Let them open already!!!!!!

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