A small town here in Ohio has been dry for decades — no alcohol allowed inside businesses which the village council says hinders new restaurants from wanting to locate there.
That all changed Tuesday night as issues 17, 18, 19 and 20 were passed.
After being a dry town for nearly 100 years, the village of Bremen in Fairfield County will now be allowed to sell alcohol in restaurants and open new businesses.
Chance Graham was a volunteer who went out with petitions for Issues 17, 18, 19 and 20.
He says the response was big from community members.
“I think there’s a lot of happy voters and everybody’s glad they came out and did their part and said their voice.”
Councilman Todd Wesaw tells us the village consists of about 600 people and when it came to voting on Tuesday night about 80 percent of the town showed up.
“What passed last night was history obviously in the making,” Todd Wesaw said.
Wesaw adds he’s tried to get businesses to open up here in the past but always got the same reaction
“Anyone I went out to talk to restaurant owners have said to me I’m interested but you gotta get liquor, we have to have alcohol. People want to come in, they want a beer with their burger, they want wine with their steak and salad. We can’t offer that so no one wants to come to Bremen and open up,” he said.
He also said this issue had been brought up in the early 2000’s but failed.
So now this is time to bring back business to Bremen.
“It’s going to create jobs, create tax revenue, opportunities for other businesses to say hey what’s going on in Bremen,” Wesaw said.
And for people like Kelly who have called this village home for 20 years, she says: “It just went downhill. Everything is closed. The restaurants, everything is closed and I think that this will bring new life into the community.”
“A lot of things have been dying. I’ve seen the businesses that they used to have a barber shop, hardware store all these little things and they’ve slowly died so I’m hoping that this will bring a little spark back to Bremen,’ says Graham.
Voters and the Village Council are looking forward to the next business owner who will take advantage of this new opportunity.