Atoka Co. residents to vote on liquor by the drink

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ATOKA COUNTY, OK -- In Atoka County, residents will head to the polls to decide whether to allow restaurants and other businesses to sell liquor by the drink.

Currently Atoka County residents have to drive out of the county if they want to have a drink with their meal.

Many of them say passing liquor by the drink would create growth and bring more business into the county.

Residents in Atoka County say they want to see their community and economy grow, and some say passing liquor by the drink could be the boost they need.

"We could make Atoka grow and get some new restaurants in and the only way we can do is to get liquor by the drink on the ballot because your Chili's, Applebee's, Cheddar's, and those type of restaurants aren't gonna come here if we don't have liquor by the drink," said resident, Ricky Chase.

Chase says he and a few other residents have been working for a few years to get liquor by the drink on the ballot.

He says since Atoka county sits right along Highway 69-75 a lot of traffic comes through the county and this would also benefit the local restaurants in town.

"We always have people come in and ask for a margarita and we're always like no, no," said Cazadorez Mexican Grill Manager, German Eduardo Aguilar. "So this would help us out a little and our business grow and it's not only for us but for the other restaurants in town.

Residents who are for the measure say something like this would be a big step toward increased revenue for their community.

"We already serve alcohol, beer I mean, and so there's not really anything to lose," said resident, Keith Toney. "People who are drinking are gonna continue to drink but if we want to allow growth in our county then we're gonna need to approve some of these more forward thinking, progressive ideals."

Early voting in Oklahoma will continue Friday from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. and from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Saturday.

Election day is Tuesday.

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