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Dry Ridge is moist

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By The Staff

Dry Ridge officially is moist.

The city council adopted an ordinance on Monday, Dec. 22, allowing alcohol sales by the drink at restaurants and dining facilities with a seating capacity of at least 100 people and which derive at least 70 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food.

The ordinance came after voters passed a local option to allow alcohol sales in the November election.

Mayor Clay Crupper said an ordinance needed to be passed within 60 days after the election.

The sale of alcoholic beverages also shall be an accessory to food sales, offered only during times in which the licensee’s kitchen and food service staff is on duty.

Businesses wanting to sell alcohol must file an application and pay an $800 fee.

Applicants who receive a license will have to provide periodic information demonstrating compliance with the required 70 percent of business income from food sales.

A license must be renewed annually, along with an $800 renewal fee.