by Max Brantley
Stephens Media reports on an Arkansas Court of Appeals decision today upholding a private club permit so the Bayou Bistro restaurant in Magnolia can serve alcohol. Entertainment, as provided by a 2003 legislative amendment, is sufficient justification for a private club booze permit in a dry county, the court held, though Judge Rita Gruber dissented.
The real purpose, Gruber wrote, is to enhance restaurant profits with drink sales. She is, of course, correct about the ulterior motive. But the law continues to stand on the side of more drink permits in dry counties, just as the 2003 legislature intended.