WebXtra: Liquor license starts protest

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - It's only been open a week and the Fisherman's Restaurant in Whitehouse has already set itself apart being the first local establishment to apply for a liquor license, and the sign in the window has caught the attention of more than a few.

A photo of a car accident caused by a drunk driver urging readers to protest the Fisherman's Restaurant liquor license to T.A.B.C. was printed in the Tri-County Leader by the Whitehouse Ministerial Alliance.

"I just think it's an ad to make an impact, just to be honest," said Pastor Sherman Mayfield, with the alliance. "That's why the wrecked car, that's why the ad is big and like this and I'm just trying to make an impact to people who are against alcohol like I am to take a stand."

Restaurant owner Dario Hernandez sees it differently.

"This is not what is going to happen here," he added. This is a place this is a restaurant where people can come and eat and enjoy a drink, this is not a place where people will be drinking heavily."

Seeing the ad for the first time, he believes it's intended to make a false impression. With no bar inside and planning to only serve alcohol to accompany food orders Hernandez avoids club comparisons, but until the little white sign disappears, protesters such as Mayfield say they're not going away.

The city of Whitehouse currently has no laws against restaurants obtaining a liquor license. Whitehouse city manager ronny fite says Fisherman's Place will be free to serve alcohol as long as it passes the T.A.B.C licensing certification.

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