Updated Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:21 am
Kiser’s Barbeque at Eclipse has received its liquor license and is hoping to begin operating weekend hours this spring.
As The Messenger previously reported, the Athens County Commissioners had requested that the state hold a public hearing on the liquor permit applications of the business. However, the county commissioners rescinded that request after several people expressed support for the permits and said the hearing would delay the business’ receipt of the permits.
Residents in The Plains voted in favor of the permits in the November election. Kiser said he received his liquor permits five days after the commissioners rescinded their request for the public hearing. Due to the delay, Kiser said was only able to furnish alcohol to two of three events his business hosted in January.
The permits allow Kiser’s to sell beer, wine and liquor and sell carryout items. Kiser’s will also be able to sell alcohol from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.
Kiser told The Messenger that the business in The Plains will not have an actual bar, but will be able to offer beer, wine and specialty drinks to pair with its Southern-inspired menu items.
Once the weather warms, Kiser said he hopes to have the business open on Fridays with live music and on Sundays for brunch. He said the facility is often rented on Saturdays for weddings and other special events, noting that the business will be open to the public on Saturdays when special events aren’t booked.
Kiser said he plans to install a draft beer system and feature Ohio brews from breweries such as Jackie O’s, Elevator Brewing Co., and Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Having the liquor permits will allow the business to host more special events too, Kiser said. He said he also hopes to host concerts at the former Eclipse Company Store in the future.
For now, Kiser’s Barbeque at Eclipse is only open for special events. Kiser said that will change once the winter weather is over.