Originally posted by plb
TX is very confusing. Some areas require a "Club Membership" even in restaurants. And it seems to vary even within a specific city.
No hard liquor can be sold here in Plano (town of 250,000). One border of Plano is Hwy 121, on the other side of it there are one or more booze stores at every intersection.
No beer or wine can be sold in Plano (or maybe TX) before exactly 12:00 on Sunday.
PLB is correct; here in the Republic of Texas remnants of the 18th Amendment still exist.
As a rule, beer and wine are readily available at groceries, convenience stores, warehouse clubs, and stand-alone "beverage" stores - except on Sundays before noon.
There are hard rules for spirits: counties can elect to be "dry", i.e., no retail sales of bottled spirits. Collin County, where both PLB and yours truly live is "dry": no liquor stores and one has to "join a club" to purchase a cocktail at restaurants (all they do is copy the driver's licenses of the drinkers).
Collin County has a population of 700,000 spread over nearly 900 square miles and I live in the county seat, McKinney, which is at its geographic center. So, buying a bottle of hootch required a 60 mile round trip trek into one of the ajacent counties - Dallas or Denton - which are "wet" but have specific zones in which spirits may be sold at retail. This gives rise to little areas which have 10 or so liquor stores, some as large as 40,000 sq. ft.!
There's a saying that "Protestants don't recognize: (insert a list of liberal political positions) OR EVEN EACH OTHER IN A LIQUOR STORE!"
So, no one in Collin County paid much attention to the "opt out" fine print in the "dry law" until 2006 when the tiny town of Anna in NE Collin decided to put liquor sales to a vote; the proposition carried, but by a very narrow margin!
Almost overnight a slew of liquor stores sprang up and I only had to drive 24 round trip miles for my poison. Less than two years later some "concerned Christians" got the proposition back on the ballot, but the citizens of Anna this time voted overwhelmingly to keep the booze business!
Why? It seems that there is a rule that Collin County restaurants and clubs must purchase their spirits in Collin County if able
. The campaign to get tiny Anna to rescind its liquor sales was led by a Denton County "self-appointed minister" (no church, no congregation) and was heavily financed by the giant liquor stores of Dallas/Denton who had lost ALL
of their Collin County restaurant business and a big hunk of their retail clientele!
Now, for the first time in its history, Anna has a supermarket! Prior to the referenda Anna residents had to travel to McKinney for their groceries. And now, Baylor is building them a hospital and medical campus. The city treasury is so awash in liquor tax revenues that property taxes were slashed and are now the lowest in the County!
Ya gotta love Texas, where men are men and politics is a blood sport!