For the first time since before Prohibition, alcohol will soon be sold in New Concord.
On Tuesday, voters gave the Riesbeck’s on Main Street the right to sell beer, wine and mixed beverages Monday through Saturday. WHIZ caught up with customers outside the food market to find out how they feel about the change. Don Shepherd has lived in New Concord for most of his life, and he said alcohol sales will benefit the community.
"I think it’s fine," said Shepherd. "They have a carry-out about a mile outside of town anyway. New Concord has always been a dry town, but I think it will be a lot more convenient for the people who like to drink alcohol to be able to come right downtown and get it."
Voters approved the Riesbeck’s issue by 42 votes, but Circle K was denied the same privileges. Jim Dooley is a biology professor at Muskingum University, and he said the measure shouldn’t create any additional alcohol-related problems at the school.
"I’m hoping that it will help us move forward," said Dooley. "I’d love to see us have a restaurant where we could have some nice beer and wine – a good dinnertime venue that people could come and bring their families."
Most of the people we talked to are in favor of Riesbeck’s selling alcohol. The few who disapproved denied to speak on camera.