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Waxahachie went wet!

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DIANA BUCKLEY
Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - It may surprise some residents, but Waxahachie is wet. It has been for some time. Food service establishments in the county seat have been serving liquor with very little fanfare at least since summer of 2000.

'To drink at Applebee's, you have to be a part of the club,' said Dan, an Applebee's manager.

'The card is paid for by Applebee's. Other establishments charge you for the card.'

Dan, who declined to give his last name, said the company's corporate attorneys did most of the work of obtaining the liquor license.

'I did have to get 300 signatures of people that would not have a problem with it,' he said.

Dan also said since Waxahachie is a dry town, the company had to obtain a cartage permit and contract with a third party to deliver the alcohol.

'In Waxahachie you will never see a beer or liquor truck,' he said.

The company turned in the required signatures in February or March of 2000, Dan said. Additionally, they fulfilled their public posting requirement by posting a notice on the trailer at the construction site for 90 days, beginning in January of 2000.

No newspaper notice was required.

City Manager Bob Sokoll could not be reached for comment, but an administrative clerk at city hall said liquor licenses must be obtained through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in Dallas.

'If you already have a restaurant, you need a specific use permit for a private club,' she said.

'It costs $200, you pick up an application. You have to get property owners within 200 feet of the establishment to agree.'

The completed application would go first to the planning and zoning commission, then to the city council.

'It shouldn't be a problem,' the clerk said.

She did indicate restaurant patrons would need to present a unicard or purchase a membership card from the licensed establishment.

But one patron of Don Jose's said he was not required to present any ID when ordering a beer with his meal, let alone a membership card.

Applebee's, Don Jose's, Chiles, and La Hacienda are among Waxahachie establishments currently licensed to serve liquor.

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