Alcohol Is Now Being Sold In Another Community

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Alcohol is sold for the first time in decades legally in one eastern Kentucky town.

Whitesburg is now wet after a vote easily passed in April for limited alcohol sales in restaurants.

The Las Penas Mexican restaurant made history by serving the first drink.

The Las Penas Mexican restaurant in Whitesburg is now stocked with much more than salsa.

“I actually had one of the first margarita's made in Letcher County. We're all just really excited about this for growth and development in our county,” Felicia Wright said.

It's history in the making for these drinks with a kick being served in this town for the first time in 60 years.

“I'm just happy that it passed and I assure the people in Whitesburg who are not particularly enthused about it, that it won't be the bug-a-boo that they thought it was,” Mayor James Wiley Craft said.

The vote passed overwhelmingly in April to allow limited, restaurant-only alcohol sales and owner Charles Colwell says he's prepared for the responsibility that comes with serving the drinks.

He owns another restaurant where alcohol is sold, and says he knows what he's in store for.

“We had a few problems when we first started with people ordering too many drinks and we just had to learn to say, that's enough,” Charles Colwell said.

Mayor Craft says 35 people from various restaurants were trained over the weekend to spot and handle any potential problems.

Four other restaurants have applied for a liquor license as well.

When approved, the Courthouse Cafe, Pizza Hut, the Starlight Café and the Pine Mountain Grill can serve alcohol too.

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  • by Peggy Location: Seattle Washington on Jun 25, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    I grew up in Jenkins Kentucky and I'm glad that Letcher County took the step to sell alcohol in restaurants. Instead of going to Norton to dine out I will be enjoying food and drink at resaurants in Whitesburg on my annual visits there.
  • by Doug Location: Florida on Jun 20, 2007 at 08:00 PM
    This would have saved a lot of trips to Va.
  • by Me Location: Frenchburg on Jun 20, 2007 at 10:39 AM
    I wish our little town would wake up and realize that it would be best to legalize alcohol and bring some much needed growth into our community while stopping the illegal sale of booze as well.
  • by Ryan Location: Letcher County on Jun 20, 2007 at 05:08 AM
    Growing up and spending most of my life in Letcher County I never thought alcohol would be legalized in this county. While it is now a reality; just a year ago you would have never got me to believe that this reality would take place. I'm very excited to say that I was wrong and I strongly believe good things are in store for what is arguably a dying town.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Jun 19, 2007 at 05:29 PM
    I used to live in Pike County so I'm very familiar with Whiteburg, and I'll tell ya, with the economic depression and backwards thoughts and attitudes in that area (including my hometown), you need to have a stiff drink in order to keep your sanity there. That's why I got away before I became an alcoholic!
  • by Jay Location: Whitesburg on Jun 19, 2007 at 04:49 PM
    It's great to have a place at home to sit and have a drink with your meal. Why should we have to give our tax dollars to other counties or states. Thumbs up to Whitesburg!!


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