Dallas Hoping to Raise Rules for Beer Barns

By Grant Stinchfield
|  Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010  |  Updated 11:35 PM CDT
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Grant Stinchfield, NBCDFW.com

Now that Dallas voters have approved citywide beer and wine sales, the city is considering new rules for all drive-thru stores.

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Now that Dallas voters have approved citywide beer and wine sales, the city is considering regulating drive-thru stores.

The City Council will hear public comments Wednesday on a proposed ordinance that would force all drive-thrus -- including "beer barns" -- to apply for permits.

The proposal appears to have unanimous support among council members.

Councilman Steve Salazar said the council is worried that beer barns will pop up on every corner in areas such as North Oak Cliff.

"They maybe drawing in more problems to a neighborhood that already has problems," he said.

Many beer barns employ scantily clad women who try to lure in customers.

"A big concern is how they attract customers into the store," Salazar said. "We will also look at that."

John Benda, who owns Fuel City, one of the city's largest beer drive-thrus, said he welcomes the proposed regulations.

"You are going to see these provocative beer-selling stores popping up all over Dallas if they don't do something," he said.

But he also said the businesses serve a valid purpose.

"Believe it or not, a lot of older people, handicapped people go through the drive-thru," Benda said.

The ordinance says the city should regulate drive-thrus for reasons that include crime and traffic issues.

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