Hardin County businesses hope alcohol sales give them a boost
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Sixty percent of voters in Hardin County say "yes" to expanded alcohol sales.
At 24 and 21 years of age, Aisha and Martina Abubaker are the youngest business owners in downtown Elizabethtown. The sisters bought the Old Vault Deli three months ago and now believe business is about to pick up.
As Martina Abubaker says, "It's a big opportunity and we want to grab it, so we're going to apply when we can get our application." But as Brad Richardson of the Hardin Co. Chamber of Commerce explains, "There's a 60 day waiting period mandated by ABC, Alcohol Beverage Control out of Frankfort, and then there's a 30 day waiting period for any applicant."
So in 90 days, the owners could add alcohol to the menu at their store.
The passing of an expanded alcohol vote changes the game for Hardin County. In Elizabethtown, it relaxes the laws that were preventing alcohol sales in smaller restaurants.
Vine Grove can sell it in restaurants, as well, and Radcliff will become the first city in the county to go completely wet, meaning bars can open there. It also creates the opportunity for liquor stores and beer sales at grocers and gas stations in all three cities.
Heath Seymour of the Hardin Co. Heritage Council is charged with filling the vacant spaces in downtown Elizabethtown. He says, "A micro brewery might be able to come into downtown."
The changes have already sparked interest in other businesses being developed. Some people hope alcohol sales will bring in a younger crowd.
The sisters welcome the change, with Aisha saying, "We want it to be crowded downtown so we can have more business."
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