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Tyler about to become 'wet'

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
On Tuesday, two alcohol petitions passed for the City of Tyler and Smith County Precinct 2. 

The petitions allow mixed beverage sales in restaurants, and the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption in Tyler and Precinct 2, which includes Bullard, Flint, and Noonday. 

The question now is "what happens next?"

Drive-through service areas, commonly referred to as beer barns, allow customers to pick up pre-packaged foods and beverages for off-premise consumption.

They are businesses one local liquor store owner does not expect to see pop up in this area.

"Beer is usually a loss leader. You're not going to see beer barns pop up and all those other things because the margins are very, very low," said Allen Clarida, co-owner of The Pour House in Winona. 

The Planning and Zoning Commission wants the city to create restrictions for these drive-through businesses.

Restrictions like requiring them to have a special use permit and only build in an M-2 industrial zoning district.

"Those districts are really limited to the North East portion of Tyler and the South East. So really, where you see the more intense industrial areas, that's where you will see M-2. We really anticipate that any new sales of beer and wine in our city would probably, would most likely be in existing stores," said Tyler city planner Heather Nick.  

With beer and wine retailers now closer to Tyler restaurants, where will they buy their alcohol?

"We still have to buy from the same place we were buying before, which is an in-county package store. Our options here are the stores that are in Winona. That is what I will continue to do and what most people, I mean will have to continue to do," said Nick Pencis, the owner of Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ. 

So, for the liquor store owner who sells to restaurants like Stanley's, he is in luck. But for other stores in Winona with dwindling wholesale customers, they may see their businesses start to dwindle.

On November 13, the Planning and Zoning Commission will take their Unified Development Code amendment to the Tyler City Council. 

The city said the votes will be canvassed on November 19th. Then, business owners can start sending in their TABC permits. 

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