For the past 50 years, retail businesses have been able to apply for a wine shop permit, allowing the on-premises sale of wine by the glass, but not malt beverages.
Alcoholic Beverage Control officials mistakenly granted an on-off premises permit to sell beer to a
Quarter Moon owner Lori Fisher said that, following several requests from customers who wanted to enjoy a glass of beer while other patrons sipped wine, she applied for and received the permit in April.
Two months later, she received a call from an ABC official informing her that the permit was granted mistakenly and that it was revoked.
"I'm not only going to lose that beer business, but I'm going to lose that wine business," Fisher told commissioners Wednesday. "They want to go where they can drink both."
Commissioner Grier Fleischhauer, who initiated the resolution, said he was unsure how ABC officials made the mistake.
Today, the resolution says, "wine and malt beverages are often consumed and enjoyed in retail establishments together across
Fleischhauer said he believes a referendum to change the current law would "pass over well" in
Municipal elections will be held Nov. 5. The county would have to extend voting countywide to accommodate Topsail's request this year.