Rogers County Commissioners to let voters decide on Sunday 'by-the-drink' alcohol sales

CLAREMORE, Okla - Rogers County Commissioners will let the voters decide whether to allow by-the-drink liquor sales on Sundays.

Commissioners met Monday morning to discuss the issue.

Current ordinances in Rogers County do not allow businesses to sell individual alcoholic beverages on Sunday.

Manager of Claremore's Los Aztecas Juan Leon says each week liquor sales account for more than $1,200 in profits. He says getting rid of the ban will help keep customers at his restaurant and help him compete with neighboring counties like Tulsa which already tossed the ban decades ago. 

"We'll keep the people here on Sunday here in Claremore and we'll not make the people go spend their money somewhere else..It'll help businesses especially in these little towns, " Leon said. 

He also says being able to sell beer on Sundays will help the local economy. 

"We'll sell more liquor. we'll pay more taxes and of course make more money," Leon said. 

Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to allow voters to decide in a special election during Oklahoma's primary June 24.

The proposal pertains to restaurants only, not liquor stores.

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