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Wet-dry vote will determine if Valley Station businesses can sell alcohol

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A small, dry precinct in Valley Station means Good Ole' Jessie's Dixie Diner and Valero can't sell alcohol.

A petition was filed and a vote will decide whether or not to continue that law on Tuesday. 1,100 residents live in the area and can vote anytime from six a.m. to six p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library.

Jessie's Family Restaurant was first established in 1974 and has been a bit of a staple ever since.

It closed in 2010 and a couple years later, Tom Whitted re-opened it as Good Ole' Jessie's Dixie Diner.

"It's still a family restaurant. It's been a family restaurant forever and we don't want to take away from that," he told WDRB.

The fate of Valero (also known as Rhythm Food Mart) may depend on Tuesday's vote, in fact they are the ones who petitioned for the vote.

Whitted says his diner does fine without alcohol, but if the vote goes through, he says he will get a liquor license.

Not everyone is okay with that.

"If you look inside, it looks like it belongs on Bardstown Road, not on Dixie Highway," Tim Childers told WDRB.

Childers lives in Valley Station and protested the issue on Monday, marching outside Jessie's with a sign and chanting "no liquor."

He says residents already voted on this topic, in 2007.

"The neighborhood association voted it down last time 48-18."

Childers says it's not what Valley Station needs.

"I'm coming into a diner on a Sunday morning to eat with my family. We're all eating breakfast. We're probably going to do it for the next 20 years. Now, on a Sunday or Monday or whatever day someone decides to come in and drink alcohol, I think it's going to affect that family environment," he said.

Whitted says the change will be minor.

"We're never going to be a bar, we're never going to be a tavern. We're going to be a place that has great country food that offers alcoholic beverages," he told WDRB.

Regulars told WDRB the change would be unnoticeable to some.

"It wouldn't bother me if there was beer served here. It wouldn't make a difference to me one way or the other," said Bryce Wiebe.

Registered voters in precinct A128 can vote for or against changing their designation as a dry precinct. If residents vote in favor of the change, businesses within the precinct would be legally allowed to sell alcohol.

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