Pottawatomie County restaurants pushing for Sunday alcohol sales

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POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla.-- Alcohol sales on Sunday are being discussed in Pottawatomie County.

Currently, on that day restaurants and bars can only sell low-point beer.

Management at DeGraff’s in Shawnee said serving up liquor on Sundays would really boost business.

DeGraff’s told News Channel 4 not being able to sell high-point alcohol is costing thousands of dollars in sales.

"When there are people who want to drink here and they can't so they decide I can go to Oklahoma County and they leave," Chad Powell, a manager, said.

Powell said that means taxpayer dollars are pouring into other cities and not staying in their county.

"When we could have that here instead of having to increase another tax. A penny on something else," Powell said.

On top of that, economic developers say no booze on Sunday means they lose out on attracting new businesses.

Plenty of people are hoping that will change after Shawnee commissioners recently asked the county to let voters decide on Sunday alcohol sales.

Come November, the question may be on the ballot.

"I'd like to be able to go in if I want a steak have a glass of red wine with dinner," Fred Adkins, a supporter, said. "I would like to see us come into the 21st century kicking and screaming. Whatever it takes.”

Others disagree, saying another day of dining and drinking would lead to more DUI’s and deadly accidents.

Pottawatomie County commissioners said the will discuss the matter on Monday and could possibly vote on it.

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