Senatobia, Miss. Starts Selling Alcohol

Senatobia, Miss. Starts Selling Alcohol

People can now buy beer, wine and liquor without leaving town. Friday was the first day in the town's history that sales were allowed.
SENATOBIA, MS (abc24.com) - People can now buy beer, wine and liquor without leaving town. Friday was the first day in Senatobia's history that sales were allowed.

The first purchases began at 7 a.m. Excited customers are taking full advantage of the new opportunity.

"We've never been able to buy beer. I think it's been 135 years, since the town's existence. It's always been dry," says BP manager Tammy Malone.

April 5, 2013 will be remembered as a big day in Senatobia.

Gas stations have been stocking up "on a little bit of everything," Malone says.

Surrounding Tate County is still dry. Senatobia is the county's only town to pass an alcohol ordinance. Locals are happy they can make purchases at home.

"It's going to bring a lot of business," says Andrew Bounds.

"We can support our own county," adds Malone.

"We're getting a lot of phone calls," says Ricky Vital, a manager at Rio Lindo. The Mexican restaurant is Senatobia's first restaurant serving alcohol.

"If you're going to go out to eat, you ought to be able to enjoy a beverage with it," says diner Edward Bean.

"Today we are selling just beer, because liquor and mixed drinks, that stuff has got to wait a little while. It's about five week process," Vital says.

Servers are hoping to get the Mexican restaurant's liquor permit by Cinco de Mayo.

"We've got a bar ready over here. It's in the process. We're ready to make money and see more customers," Vital tells abc24.com.

"It's going to be good for the city too, tax money they'll make with it," says diner Brandon Woods.

So far more than half a dozen local business have new alcohol permits. More are expected to apply in the near future.
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