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Wet-dry vote a unique approach

October 20, 2009 - Frank Robinson
I have to say this is something Iáve never seen before.

A dispute over noise coming from a bar has festered so long that the residents apparently have taken matters into their own hands. It involves the Metter's Bar & Grill at 2774 Youngstown Road S.E. It's where the old O'Donald's was before it moved to another location.

After complaining and getting no satisfying results, voters/residents in the precinct have signed a petition to place on the ballot a wet-dry vote. There are 126 signatures on the petition for beer sales and consumption and 121 on the petition for wine, mixed beverages and liquor by the glass. It only took 92 to get it on the ballot. Regardless, a bar and grill without the capability of selling booze is just a grill. I'm not sure what that would do to the business -- or other businesses that sell alcohol, such a bowling alley in the same precinct -- but I imagine it couldn't be good.

It boils down to music coming from an outdoor patio. The business is zoned commercial, and apparently is not breaking any laws or regulations. The business owner even has backed off on the hours the bands play to 11 p.m. instead of playing until the place closes hours later.

But the residents apparently are fed up. This was the way they decided to deal with it. The results will be known soon on election day. A simple majority vote will decide whether the precinct stays wet or goes dry.

One thing is for sure. I bet every pub owner in the area who sells alcohol in proximity of a residential area is watching this unique development.


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