City of Jenkins close to making first alcohol sale

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) A restaurant in Jenkins opened its doors to the public for the first time Thursday, and history could be made there very soon.

The Letcher County town has been dry for more than a century, but that's about to change.

City officials and restaurant managers cut the ribbon to open Las Penas Thursday morning, welcoming in new customers and new options for the town.

"This is probably the most important thing that's happened in this city since they laid the first block to build the town," said Jenkins mayor GC Kincer, "It's a huge step."

The Mexican restaurant will be the first of its kind in Jenkins, and may be the first place to ever sell alcohol.

"I brought the first liquor sales into Whitesburg, and we've done very well with it," said Las Penas owner Charles Colwell, "People see that they can bring kids around and there can be drinks there. We control it, and I'm excited to be part of this community."

Colwell and his wife, Jackie, say they had to wait until the restaurant opened to apply for a liquor license, but they expect to be able to sell alcohol in a couple weeks.

Many say this it's time for this change to come to the formerly dry town.

"It started in 1910," said Kincer, "but it took until 2014 for us to become part of the rest of the world, and I feel like we're there."

Finally opening their doors for customers and a community.

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