The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has upheld a beer and wine permit in northern Arkansas’ Boone County, reports the Associated Press. The board members voted 4-0 on Wednesday to allow DeVito’s Restaurant to continue serving beer and wine, despite protests from a local religious leader. The restaurant located near Harrison started serving alcohol a few months ago after residents voted to make Boone County wet last year.
The pastor of Bear Creek Springs Baptist Church spoke out against the restaurant serving any alcohol because said he drunk drivers could pose a danger to children in the neighborhood.
The board also approved a Crawford County barbecue joint’s request to serve margaritas, daiquiris and pina coladas, provided they’re produced in a machine with controlled amounts of liquor. That restaurant, ImaJerk BBQ in Cedarville, already sells beer.