Town Allows Alcohol Sales For First Time Since Prohibition
July 9, 2002 at 4:31 PM EST - Updated July 3 at 4:16 PM
TALLMADGE, Ohio (AP) - Prohibition has finally ended for the growth-minded Akron suburb of Tallmadge.
For the first time in more than 80 years, alcohol sales became legal Monday in Tallmadge, with Mayor Christopher Grimm getting things going by sipping on a microbrew beer at Delanie's Neighborhood Grille.
When 13 years of nationwide Prohibition ended in 1933, Tallmadge refused to allow local sales, fearful of too many taverns.
The change, approved by voters last year, was prompted by a desire to attract chain restaurants that depend on liquor sales.
"It's definitely not a coincidence that there are no big chain restaurants in Tallmadge," said Delanie's owner, Nicholas Dadich. "It's because it has been dry."
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