Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

Bars by any other name are still bars

To the editor:Are you aware that we have beer joints in Oldham County, a supposedly only ‘moist’ county? Oh, you say there are no bars, only restaurants that serve alcohol? At Frascelli’s in Crestwood on weekend nights a live band begins playing music at 7 p.m. and the ‘restaurant’ kitchen is shut down at 9 p.m. The only food served until closing are snacks or appetizers. Bottom line: Frascelli’s is a beer joint after 9 p.m. on weekend nights. They even have a ‘Happy Hour’, karaoke, and advertise “$2 longnecks” on Friday night with no mention of their food. What does that tell you?I don’t know if it was the naivet on our magistrates’ part or a planned loophole but we now, legally, have beer joints in Oldham County. And it’s only going to get worse. Nothing in the ordinance says bar patrons can’t still be drinking after midnight, just that they can’t be sold or served.The ordinance never should have been written where alcohol could be served without a meal order. Who eats dinner at 11 or 12 at night anyway? Why should alcohol sales be allowed after ‘normal’ meal times if the purpose was to limit alcohol sales in Oldham County to just restaurants and while enjoying a meal?I’ll bet that if you check most of these so-called ‘restaurants’ you’ll find that, especially after 8 or 9 p.m., a lot of patrons are going into these ‘restaurants’ just to drink alcohol, with no thought of eating a meal. I just hope that, for our protection, Oldham County police are watching for drunk drivers at these establishments around closing time each night.Charles Blanford,CrestwoodPonderosa building on Ky. 53 looks vacantTo the editor:The Ponderosa restaurant on Ky. 53 closed some weeks ago. It was a good restaurant for families with children and had a pleasant staff. The sign reads “Closed for remodeling.” However, I have noticed no activity that would suggest that someone is working on it.To compound the mystery, the sign and outside lights are lit some evenings. Does the management or someone else know what is going on or is planned?Charles L. Walter,La Grange