Citizens in Wolfforth are gathering the necessary signatures to put the issue of on-site alcohol sales to a vote. Supporters say the sale of alcohol in restaurants and at a new multi-million dollar baseball complex is crucial to the town's growth.
In the town of two to three thousand people, Jo-Ann's Family Restaurant is the only full-service restaurant. That means if alcohol sales are allowed, in the beginning, Jo-Ann's would be the only establishment in town effected. Owner, Jo Ann Smith, says, "I have to compete. I'm for it. I'm against it some of the same ways other people are, but I'm for it business-wise and to be able to keep my doors open."
With a disclaimer that she's sensitive to non-supporters of Wolfforth's alcohol petition, Jo-Ann makes it clear she wants Wolfforth to truly be "a city on the move." Her business depends on it. She says, "Before too long, you'll be able to go across the street. So it's here. We might as well profit ourselves."
Any Wolfforth resident who sits down to a hot meal at Jo-Ann's is welcome to sign the petition circulating through the restaurant and you don't have to look far to find support. Wolfforth resident James McCoy says, "Wolfforth is a growing town and they just got to have it. Restaurants won't come in here and of course that holds people back. They're not going to come here either, so it's really important we get it." Jo Ann says, "People coming in and eating and drinking is not a problem. People coming in and getting drunk is a problem, and that won't be happening here. I won't let that happen."
Of course not every customer that walks through Jo Ann's door is going to put pen to paper, but most realize it's just a matter of time. James says, "It's gonna happen. You can fight it off for years and years, but it's gonna happen somewhere in some little town and so why not Wolfforth? Get it while it's here."
If the necessary signatures are gathered by early March, those who oppose the alcohol petition will make their voices heard when the issue is put to a public vote in May. In the meantime, there are several petitions circulating beyond Jo Ann's, you can find petitions at city hall.
A town hall meeting is in the works about the issue of alcohol sales. It's not scheduled yet, but it should be held within the next week or two.