The City of Canyon may be in for another round of controversy over selling alcohol. Now, Pizza Hut wants to offer such drinks to their customers. But opposition in dry parts of Randall County is anticipated.
NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg reports from the Pizza Hut in Canyon with a look at who has succeeded in getting a permit to sell alcohol - and who hasn't made the cut.
Selling alcohol in Canyon is reserved for only two establishments - citywide. This sign is proof, Pizza Hut wants to be the third.
As it stands right now Palo Duro Creek Golf Club and Feldman's Field House are the only places in Canyon you can access alcohol. Obstacles like location, have kept other restaurants from getting the city's approval for a special permit to sell.
"That was one of the controversial issues with the Eagle Diner, was the close proximity to the Baptist Church," says Glen Metcalf, Canyon City Manager.
In his 35 years as City Manager, Metcalf says few establishments have tried for a permit. But he anticipates that trend will soon change.
"Canyon is growing and changing. Some of the other restaurants would like to have alcohol sales and they were sitting back and waiting until they saw what happened with Big Earl's," says Metcalf.
...which is now Feldman's. And as restaurants like Pizza Hut follow suit to try for a permit, Metcalf expects the opposition to be right behind them.
"I don't guess there will be a permit without some controversy to it," says Metcalf.