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Another Jonesboro eatery gets alcohol permit.

Julio's, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Jonesboro, recently was awarded a private club permit to serve alcohol in the dry county.

Tommy Rowe, a co-owner and kitchen manager, said Julio Diaz, another co-owner, always wanted to have a restaurant where people could gather and felt the private club permit would help.

Rowe said the 140-seat restaurant would have opened if it didn't receive the permit from the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

"We just wanted to be a part of the downtown growth," he said.

Julio's is one of a handful of downtown Jonesboro restaurants that have been awarded private club permits to sell alcohol.

But last year, the ABC board denied Main Street Pizza's request to serve drinks. The main reason was the pizza parlor was next to a youth ministry.

Jonesboro Mayor Doug Formon said he didn't think having a liquor license would improve revenue for restaurants in Jonesboro.

Several restaurants that don't serve drinks are always packed, he said.
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Title Annotation:NE Journal: A Look at News From Northwest Arkansas
Author:Friedman, Mark
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:May 1, 2006
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