The city is proposing local restaurants with food and beverage certificates to be able to sell mixed drinks at their local establishments.
The proposition was put on a November ballot after Petition Strategies gathered over 900 signatures in order to move forward.
The company worked with the local eatery Chili’s restaurant on Highway 96 to help them rid of a private membership license it uses to sell “liquor by the drink.”
The laws are quite intricate in this deal in that only establishments with current food and beverage certificates will be allowed to apply for this license.
In the law, it also states that these establishments must sell a certain percentage of food to customers along with its liquor license to be upheld.
We have to remember that this proposition isn’t one to bring in wild bars or strip clubs even. All it does is allow people to have a drink along with their meal.
Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with the proposition and can only see that it will help the city somewhat, bringing in more sales tax dollars.
I’ve heard all kinds of stories and opinions from other people regarding this proposition, and can’t help but wonder why people get so worked up about it.
It’s as if we are going to become a crazed, drunken town. I hate to break the news to you, but there are already a ton of crazed drunks driving our streets at all hours of the day – and it isn’t because of eateries wanting to sell liquor.
I think that it is only fair for restaurants to be able to serve a mixed drink or a margarita to their patrons, who are loyal customers wanting a good meal.
Sure, I can see how some may have been perturbed at the way Chili’s has worked the town with a petition. But the bottom line is that it does no harm to the city as a whole if this passes.
If you look at it in a positive light, the city will increase sales tax and it will also leave the door open for potential growth in new establishments that may find interest in moving to Silsbee.
The passage of this proposition won’t flood all of our restaurants with liquor, because it does come with a price – but it will give us the opportunity for future growth.
Regardless of whether this passes or not, I’m quite certain that Chili’s won’t relinquish its membership license and they will continue to serve liquor by the drink.
This isn’t the first time I have experienced a deal like this. In another small town similar in size to Silsbee, Petition Strategies worked on that Chili’s restaurant a few years ago and a proposition passed in this particular town. To this day, only two other establishments applied for its liquor license similar to Chili’s.
In my view, this is just another step to move forward.