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Proposition For Alcohol Sales In The Houston Heights Is On November’s Ballot

The Heights has been a dry neighborhood ever since the Prohibition Era. Now, a local group of restaurateurs are working on getting people out to the polls to change that.

The Houston Heights Restaurant Coalition gathered around 1800 signatures to get a proposition about alcohol sales on the city’s November ballot.

Bryan Poff is with Texas Petition Strategies.

He helped approve Heights grocery stores selling of wine and beer last year, and is now helping the restaurant coalition.

“Obviously we have some work to do, but were not terribly concerned,” Poff says. “The HEB election went off so well. We know that just from being in the neighborhood that a lot of people are for this.”

The local group will be putting out messages on social media, using yard signs, and sending direct mail.

Josh Sanders is a spokesperson for the group.

He says people concerned that the vote could bring franchises to the Heights and change the character of the neighborhood shouldn’t worry.

“Large operations these restaurants and chains are speaking of would already come into the Heights and certainly have the organizational and business capacity to be able to deal with the current laws,” Sanders says.

Sanders says right now a lot of Heights restaurants report losing money by having to work around the ban on selling alcohol.

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