Pigeon Forge businesses take steps towards serving liquor

Pigeon Forge businesses take steps towards serving liquor

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"We have a lot of people come in here and ask for liquor. We've had some people leave because we don't have liquor," said Assistant Manager Eric Lovin. "We have a lot of people come in here and ask for liquor. We've had some people leave because we don't have liquor," said Assistant Manager Eric Lovin.
Kirk Graham and his wife, tourists from South Carolina, were surprised they couldn't get a mixed drink with their meal. Kirk Graham and his wife, tourists from South Carolina, were surprised they couldn't get a mixed drink with their meal.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Voters in Pigeon Forge approved a change allowing sales of liquor by the drink.

The "for" votes won 1232 to 1132, or 52% to 48%.

On Wednesday, city officials fielded several calls about how the process from ballot to bar will actually work. They said they aren't exactly sure yet.

At Bennett's on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, patrons can enjoy a beer with their barbeque, but no hard alcohol.

"We have a lot of people come in here and ask for liquor. We've had some people leave because we don't have liquor," said Assistant Manager Eric Lovin.

Now that liquor is legal, Bennett's will be applying for a license.

"I've kind of felt like it would be a good thing for businesses to help with our revenue," Lovin said.

Assistant City Manager Eric Brackins said they're still trying to figure out how to make that happen.

"It's new for us so we're still learning exactly what we need to do," he said.

He said the first step for interested businesses is to get an application from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

There could be dozens.

Kirk Graham and his wife, tourists from South Carolina, were surprised they couldn't get a mixed drink with their meal. They're looking forward to more options on their next visit.

"It would be more convenient," Graham said.

Brackins said some businesses could start serving liquor in the next 30 to 60 days.

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