Liquor laws may be changing in San Juan County

Posted at: 09/25/2013 6:49 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4



Restaurants in parts of San Juan County may soon be able to sell beer and wine, and it's all because of what one restaurant did.

Fishead’s San Juan River Lodge decided they wanted a beer and wine license because they thought it would be good for business.

"Most of them like beer and wine with their meal, so when we decided to put the restaurant in place we thought that's a good idea," said general manager Thaddeus Cano.

Right now, restaurants in the unincorporated areas of San Juan County are not allowed to serve liquor.

But Fishead’s gathered enough signatures to force the county to hold an election.

"Everybody who comes in, we ask 'Oh, are you a resident of San Juan County? Can you sign out petition?'” said assistant manager Betty Mauldin.

If voters approve it, all restaurants in the county will be able to get a license to sell beer and wine. 

"I see the cities Farmington, Aztec and Bloomfield all serve beer and wine in their restaurants so I don't see the problem with county restaurants serving beer," said David Archuleta.

And employees at Fishead’s are optimistic.

"Just with dealing with the signature process I do feel it will pass easily," said Cano.

The county commission is expected to decide on a date for the election at a meeting next week.