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Residents vote to allow alcohol sales in Kinderhook township


KINDERHOOK, Ill. (WGEM) — Pike County residents voted 53% in favor of allowing alcohol sales in Kinderhook township on Tuesday.

The owner of a local restaurant said Kinderhook township has been dry for decades.

Maggie Broeckling said her restaurant "The Hook" in Kinderhook is the closest for people to go to between Quincy and Pittsfield.

She told WGEM News earlier this month that she was hoping for voters to approve the issue to open up options for her business and the entire village.

"Extra revenue, more taxes for our village," Broeckling said. "We don't want this to be a bar. We are open daily until 2 p.m. and just Thursday until 8 p.m. So it is mainly for our events and private parties."

She said for birthdays, reunions, or weddings at the restaurant, people have to bring their own alcohol.

She said now, the restaurant could sell beer and wine.

The village trustee said the extra revenue can help with a lot of issues currently facing the community right now.

"We're all for it because there would be a little more revenue for our town, which lord knows we need it in a time like this," trustee Bud Malone said. "A lot of people want to have a drink with their meal, I do once in a while, a little glass of wine or a beer you know."

Customers say this could be helpful for rural residents who don't want to travel long distances to enjoy a meal or drink with friends.

"They've all lost business and anything that will help to reverse that is a good thing," Jeff Snyder of Plainville, Illinois said.

Voters head to polls to decide future of alcohol sales in Pike County village

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