Town eases beer regulation to try to save old building

Published 7:00 pm Monday, January 21, 2019

WATER VALLEY (AP) — A north Mississippi town is easing its beer regulation in a move that could help save one of its oldest downtown buildings.

Water Valley aldermen have voted to let restaurants sell beer even if a customer is not expected to order a meal.

The Oxford Eagle reports that businessman Terry Warren requested a permit to demolish a Water Valley building that is more than a century old. He bought the Wagner building in 2017 , intending to open a restaurant and bar. Warren says the town’s beer ordinance that required a meal prevented him from using the building as he wanted.

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The building is an element of Water Valley’s Main Street District. The district is on the National Register of Historic Places.