LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Park Hill restaurant owners say they completely support lifting the neighborhood's alcohol ban. On Tuesday, residents of the neighborhood voted in favor for alcohol sales.
THV 11 spoke with owners at E's Bistro and Rosalinda's Restaurant on JFK Boulevard who both said they would apply for an alcohol permit immediately if Tuesday's vote passes.
Rosalinda Santos and her husband Jose opened their Honduran restaurant two years ago and agree alcohol is the one thing missing from their menu. They tell THV it's common for customers to ask for it. "They say that they need margaritas, they need beer because that's the reason they don't come more often because that's what makes them happier," Santos said through an interpreter. "I will apply right away if it passes."
Many voters said they also support removing the neighborhood's 47 year old alcohol ban. "There's a lot of younger people moving in around here. I think we're geared up to be a Hillcrest kind of area," said Rachel Crow. Of the 25 voters polled by THV, only one person said they voted against lifting the ban. That resident, Philip Huff said it's about his family. I like the environment right now and I don't want to change that," Huff added. "We go out any time of day and night and you can run around a very safe environment so I just want to make sure and keep it that way."