Berea Set To Decide Fate Of Alcohol Sales

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - The city of Berea will decide Tuesday whether to allow some restaurants to serve alcohol, a measure that the dry town of 13-thousand has shot down before.

The special election has divided the town between business owners and their supporters and religious groups. Several churches are pushing against the ordinance, saying alcohol sales are morally wrong and will destroy the town's character.

The measure would allow eateries seating more than one-hundred patrons to serve alcohol.

Middletown Baptist Church pastor Bill Woods says he fears that with alcohol sales, crime will increase and residents who have been impacted by alcohol in their lives will go do back down that same path. Business owners, though, say education will help keep crime and alcohol abuse under control.

Main Street Cafe owner Sune Frederiksen said being able to offer his customers a glass of beer or wine with their meal would keep some tourists from running toward the exit.

Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant dining room supervisor Marie Karlsson says most of the time when visitors come in they're looking for a bar. She says they question how it can be called a "tavern," but doesn't sell alcoholic beverages.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Steve Location: Corbin on Jun 21, 2008 at 09:39 AM
    Anyone who thinks just because voting no will mean that alcohol will not be accessible is an ignorant fool. Bootleggers don't ask for ID you dopes! I grew up in a dry county and I could get any kind of booze I wanted when I was way younger than 21. I never had to make a fake ID. Why not legalize it so you can control it? I don't want my kids buying from a bootlegger. And it increases crime? What a stupid argument! Aren't bootleggers in business because an area is dry? Why not put them out of business and reduce crime right off the bat? Not everyone who orders a beer with a meal is a drunk, you self rightous jack a****.
  • by Christine Location: Berea, KY on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    Hi everyone!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2007 at 12:54 PM
    Jerry really thought this out! Funny thing is I never spoke about church. So why bring that into the subject? Which by the way I do attend regulary and the last time I was there we did't drink nothing out of a chalice or anything else. Also nice to throw in the drinking out of a chalice slot then say I don't want no one to see me there. If we drink in church tell me why I would not want someone from church to see me? One last thing medical research years ago also stated that a egg was one of the worst things a person could consume. But now they are one of the best. Spoken like a true drunk.
  • by Jerry Location: Richmond on Aug 2, 2007 at 06:55 AM
    When someone used the name "anonymous" in a post like this, it's only because they don't want to be identified because they are living in a glass house throwing stones. By the way, medical research has proven that a glass of wine a day is good for your heart and circulation. You have the nerve to call people who consume alcohol "Drunks!" I guess all the people who drink from the chalice in church are drunks just as well as their preacher. You holier than thou type really amuse me with your ill thought out rhetoric. We'll see you in my town at the Liquor Store because YOU know you'll be there. You just don't want your neighbors and preachers to see you.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2007 at 09:41 PM
    All alcohol is good for is getting drunk.....All getting drunk is good for is a head ache the next day.....if you want a head ache that bad just smack your self in the head a few some money! Drunks..
  • by Chase Location: Berea on Aug 1, 2007 at 06:52 PM
    As a concerned student at Berea College, it shames me that Berea would be so ignorant as to turn down yet another wet/dry vote. My hometown of London went moist 3 years ago and we haven't seen any increase in crime...just the usual stuff. I'm a senior Philosophy major, and I know a thing or two about morality and consuming a drink isn't immoral. As for we so-called 'immoral' people, we'll drive the 13 or so miles to Richmond and enjoy a drink. Too bad the town, like a lot of towns across Kentucky, still think Prohibition is still 'in style' (like it ever was).
  • by Jack Daniel Location: Richmond on Aug 1, 2007 at 08:41 AM
    That's ok "Berea from Berea" You can still come to Richmond and buy your booze and we'll gladly take your money to boost our economy while you take the booze back to your house in Berea and drink it. Also, you can come to Applebees or Madison Gardens and spend your hard earned dollars in our town because...we all know you guys who act so self righteous about this are drinkers. You just don't want your preachers to know you do it. How hard is it to ride that "high horse?"
  • by Berea Location: Berea on Aug 1, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    YEAH!!!!!!!!!! There will NOT be any alcohol sold in Berea!!
  • by Mike Location: Berea on Jul 31, 2007 at 12:18 PM
    If you take away the arts in Berea, this town has nothing. There are no theaters or any other activities for the young. You take away a few art and craft fairs and there is nothing for the older crowd to do. You can only go hiking and sightseeing/walking for so long before it gets boring. What is the problem with going out with friends, enjoying a dinner with a glass or two of wine and beer and having a bit of fun. No, you don't need alcohol to have fun, but there are some of us who like to have a drink with dinner at times and we don't want to drive to Richmond or Lexington to do it. I would rather drive or walk around the corner from my house or down the street and do it. There are two things you can't legislate; morality and common sense and I'll be damned if I am going to sit back and let some preacher tell me I'm a sinner if I want to have a drink while I am in a restuarant.
  • by Berean Location: Louisville on Jul 31, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    I moved from Berea 2 months ago. Berea is a great town, and is known mainly for the College and Arts & Crafts. Tourists will still visit Berea for the uniqueness the town has to offer. Students at Berea College receives a full scholarship, and tourists are able to visit the shops of local craftsmen. How can alcohol sales enhance these two characteristics of the town? As it stands now, there are no more than maybe 3 or 4 restaurants in town that can seat more than 100 people (and one of those is opposed to the issue). So when the franchises set up shop, the money generated will not stay in Berea. Revenue from these businesses will go to the franchise headquarters far away from town. Sure, some tax revenue will be generated, but the net will be nearly zero as these businesses will surely hurt our local owners. Those that say a NO vote will result in a loss in business are confused. Berea has been doing just fine without alcohol. How does keeping things the same hurt our town?
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