BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) — A breakfast shop is selling beer with its waffles in Beaver County as part of a partnership with a brewery in Beaver.
The borough council isn’t happy about it, and council members made their first attempt to stop it Tuesday night.
The sign in the window at Waffles Incaffeinated is a newspaper article from the Beaver County Times. The first line: “Change can be difficult for some, especially when it hits close to home.”
The sale of beer in the borough is hitting close.
“I voted to disapprove it,” council president Michael Deelo said.
And that’s how the vote went at Tuesday night’s borough meeting – 8 to 1 disapproving the sale of beer.
Waffles Incaffeinated is already selling beer and has been for four weeks. Tuesday night’s vote, in essence, was just a recommendation to the Liquor Control Board.
“It appears to me that the majority of citizens in the community want to keep the community as a dry community. By dry, they mean in the purer sense of not selling beer by the drink,” Deelo said.
Freida Hollihan of Center Township says she understands people have a strong feeling about the sale of beer, but…
“It’s perfectly fine with me to have beer in Beaver. Perfectly fine. But on the other hand, just thinking of the culture, and I’ve known that town since I was a child… to have had them easily pass it, I would have been surprised,” she said.
Waffles Incaffeinated, which has a partnership with Beaver Brewing Company in Beaver Falls and sells beer under their license, sells beer on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
John Wolbert is from Beaver.
“I am not opposed to it,” he said. “I believe the manner in which they are conducting the sales is OK. It’s not over-indulgence. I have no complaint at all at this point. I would not want to see Beaver become a town filled with bars.”
Adriana Gradiser of Center Township is a young patron of Waffles Incaffeinated.
“I think people are afraid it’s going to bring in a rowdy crowd, but as a 21 year old, there are not going to be 21 year olds coming here to drink,” she said. “They’re going to go to the bars that are in Bridgewater or other places. This is just a casual place for families.”
So what’s the next step?
“Our next step is we are communicating our vote and our recommendation to the LCB,” Deelo said.