SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - A restaurant in downtown Sylvester will soon be the first in the city to serve liquor to its customers. Employees at Old Mexico hope to have drinks on the menu in the next couple weeks.
Waiters at Old Mexico hope their newly approved request for a liquor license will provide a major boost in business. The restaurant could only sell wine and beer before city hall officials gave them the thumbs up.
Alan Torres has worked at Old Mexico for nearly 15 years. He says since voters approved liquor by the drink sales, they'll start to attract more customers who currently go out of town to restaurants.
"They get so disappointed about it," said Torres. "Even local people, they have to drive, I think it's about twenty something miles."
Torres says with the liquor license, more people will stay in town. This would not only be helpful to their business, but helpful to the community as a whole.
Worth County Economic Development Executive Director Karen Rackley believes this is a step in the right direction.
"It's about keeping the money local. It's about giving a variety of people a variety of different things that they can experience at home," said Rackley.
Although not all people in town are on board with liquor sales in the city, Rackley says there are many benefits when looking at it from an economical standpoint.
"This gives them the opportunity to do it right here at home and spend their tax dollar at home, building our schools, and paving our roads, and making things happen in their own community," said Rackley. "So if you look at it at an economical development sense it makes a lot of sense."
Rackley says this is just the beginning, and has a feeling more people will consider moving to Sylvester as a smart business move.
"I just got a call from a realtor looking for a number for a piece of property. We are growing," said Rackley. "People are interested and they see that our community loves Worth County and we are invested in our community hugely."
Sylvester city officials say in order to be approved for a permit, a restaurant must prove that 51 percent of its sales are food.