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Clark County liquor license hot item
Clark County liquor license hot item

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Alcoholic Beverage Commission says they are currently processing 29 applications from Clark County with only five licenses available.

"Main Street Café, we will never serve alcohol."

Dino Ochello works hard to make his 3-year-old cafe the best in Arkadelphia.

But after November's vote to make Clark County wet, he has some concerns about the future of his community.

"I just don't see how college kids and alcohol can be a good thing. If I had preference, I'd rather send my kid to a college town that doesn't have access to alcohol."

But apparently, not all Clark County residents feel that way.

The vote passed by a margin of 2 to 1. Beer sales have been steady since January and city treasurer Glen Beedle says they are prepared for the next step.

"When we read there was 29, we were just amazed that that many people were willing to take that chance,' says Beedle.

29 applicants ready to open liquor retail stores. There are only five licenses available and which applicants  receive the money making opportunity, is simply the luck of the draw.

Beedle says the city revenue made off of liquor sales is worth it.

"Talking to Hot Springs and some of these other cities, they tell us once you get everything in place, once you have one or two years under your belt, you will start to see an uptick in revenues as far as that goes."

More money and more people Beedle says, making a good place to call home even better.

"Hopefully, we can grow a little bit as far as new restaurants and hotels coming into the community. We are excited about that part, have a little more variety in town and just wait and see what happens."