Monday, December 12, 2005

Eastford May (Finally) End Alcohol Ban

One of Connecticut's last two "dry" towns may soon end its prohibition on alcohol, which has been in place for eighty-five years:

Eastford is reconsidering its status as one of two remaining "dry" towns left in Connecticut. The town of 1,700 will vote on a referendum Monday that would allow a proposed organic restaurant to serve wine and beer. (AP)

I had no idea we still had "dry" towns. Huh.

Sometimes old attitudes and traditions die hard. I wonder if it will pass?


"Dry since 1920, small town considers allowing alcohol sales." Associated Press 11 December, 2005.


stomv said...

If I recall correctly, the standard operations are for patrons of restaurants to bring their own booze, and the restaurants are well prepared to serve it, be it wine, beer, or maybe even booze. Proper glass and whatnot.

I have no idea if it came with a "service charge" or if it was just expected to be part of the tip.

Since Connecticut towns aren't known for their massive acerage, I suspect that this was nothing more than an incommon inconvienience for the liquor drinkers of the town.

And on the upside, they didn't have to pay obscene restaurant prices for their booze!

ctkeith said...


There are no resturants in dry towns.You can't make a profit in a resturant without a liquor license.

The dry towns left over the last 25 yrs are very small and mostly wealthy little hamlets.We use to call them Blink your eye towns.If you bllinked while driving through them you missed them.

Dave Mooney said...
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nedweenie said...

Yes, the other town is Wilton. It has a "packy" on every border.

Genghis Conn said...

Huh. The article says Bridgewater. Are there actually three "dry" towns, or did the article get it wrong?

Dave Mooney said...

Yeah Wilton is what I thought too but after I looked at the article I deleted my post.

turfgrrl said...

No, Wilton is no longer dry. They even have an Outback.

stomv said...

As I haven't lived in Connecticut in over 10 years, it would seem as if the number of dry towns (and hence the number of restaurants in dry towns) has been reduced, to 2 and 0 respectively.

Does anybody have a feel for how many dry towns there were in, say, 1990?

nedweenie said...

Oops. My bad. I guess the Wilton born spouse isn't up on the latest!