Charlie Pharis, from Woodstock, Georgia, tells this interesting story in an e-mail:
I know you know all the anecdotes and evidence about the so-called “full service restaurants” that are just chomping at the bit to come to Effingham (or any other place considering the sale of alcohol). We fought the same battle in Newnan and Coweta County back in the late 1980s – early 1990s. Same arguments…”if we want the full-service restaurants we’ve got to have liquor by the drink”, etc. Well, the referendum passed and everyone waited with bated breath to see these great restaurants that would be beating the doors down. When one finally showed up, it was Hooters! Not exactly the “family-friendly, full-service” kind of places the liquor advocates had envisioned!