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The Heights Restaurants Want To Sell Alcohol

Restaurant owners in a local neighborhood are tired of being bound by a law made before the prohibition era.

The Heights had a splash of victory last year when they voted to allow beer and wine in neighborhood grocery stores.

But local restaurants want more.

Bryan Poff is helping organize a petition for the effort.

"So we don't refer to the Heights as being dry, if anything they're damp. I mean they're barely damp," Poff says. "They've just approved class of permit for one type of business."

Morgan Weber is the co-owner of a bar in the Heights called Eight Row, and he gave me a tour.

As soon as you walk into the bar you see a table stacked with a mountain of whiskey five rows high.

He's able to sell alcohol here because the bar can be considered a private club, but Weber says that's expensive.

"We can't have alcohol delivered to us in the dry zone. We buy alcohol at retail price or just below retail price, and all of that eats into the bottom line of what we operate under," Weber says.

The petition to put the issue on the November ballot needs over 1500 signatures.

Only the 10,000 registered voters who live in the original boundaries of the Heights can vote on the proposal, if it makes it that far.

 

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