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GARZA COUNTY – Thursday, Feb. 13, a meeting regarding restaurant alcohol sales in Garza County was held in the Centennial Bank Community room at 5:30 p.m.
Currently, Post is divided by the railroad tracks. East of the tracks, alcohol sales are permitted. However, west of the tracks, the town remains dry.
Rex Cash hopes to change this.
Cash has future plans for a restaurant where the old Algerita Hotel used to stand. His plans include a sit-down restaurant where customers can enjoy alcoholic beverages west of the tracks.
“Restaurant business is a hard business,” Cash said, “you got to do what you can to survive. It’s time to pick up the ball and make alcohol available.”
Cash’s proposal would be county-wide and only for restaurants that hold a license.
“I haven’t heard any feedback other than positive,” he said.
In fact, Cash said that he has seen sparked interest in preexisting Post restaurants as well.
“We want to bring commerce downtown,” he said. “We need to be able to compete with Lubbock, but they can’t compete with us. Their restaurants look out on parking lots. They just don’t have the atmosphere that we do.”
Cash and others believe that this will transform Post for the better.
“Post is at a point where we can see what it can be, what we want it to be,” he said. “There’s room for more restaurants here, more business.”
To be on the November ballot, Cash needs 450 signatures approved by the county court. With nearly 3,000 registered voters in Garza County, he believes that this is very doable.
“I think this is easy to sale,” Cash said, “but we are going to need all of us in spreading the word.”
Those interested in a signature sheet can pick them up at the Chamber of Commerce office. The deadline for turning the sheets in is March 30.
Although a big change in the community, Cash believes it’s long overdue.
“It’s time,” he said. “It really is time.”