All those folks who were wringing hands about last year’s electoral nixing of the rule against carry-out alcohol sales in the Houston Heights possibly opening the door to a future rollback of the area’s other alcohol restrictions — well, you may find yourselves feeling kinda vindicated right about now: the petition process has just kicked off to once again crank up the ol’ special election machinery, this time on the question of alcohol sales for on-site consumption in the Heights Dry-ish Zone. The goal: no more private-club workarounds for the area’s bars and restaurants — just regular drink sales.
What do we know so far about the cast of characters starring in this new season of Heights electoral intrigue? At least one familiar name has entered the picture, so far:
The group pushing for the rollback this time is calling itself the Houston Heights
Beverage Restaurant Coalition — and it’s gone ahead and hired Texas Petition Strategies, the same Austin-based company that H-E-B tapped to help run last year’s pre-election petition drive. (Why change what works?) TPS’s Bryan Poff, speaking to Rebecca Elliott in this morning‘s Chronicle, doesn’t name any names as to who specifically might be backing the measure — but says that a couple of restaurants in the area during the last election run-up “came around and said, ‘Hey, we’re here too’. . . As soon as they saw how much support beer and wine got . . . that was all they needed.”
- Group seeks to make it easier to sell alcohol at Heights restaurants [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Your Heights Dry Zone Ballot Problem Didn’t Affect Yesterday’s Moist Election Outcome; H-E-B’s Plan and Backup Plan for the Double Decker Heights Dry Zone Store; H-E-B Will Double Down on a Heights Dry Zone Store or Not Build At All; Yes, The Heights Dry Zone Petitioners Really Did Collect Enough Signatures For a Vote; Heights Dry Zone Signature Gatherers Return from the Hunt Victorious; Former Fiesta Site Preps for Teardown as Heights Dry Zone Petitioners Circle; H-E-B Would Like To Plant a Store in a Wetter Heights Dry Zone; Somebody’s Trying to Legalize Beer and Wine Sales in the Heights Dry Zone
Photo of TABC regional headquarters in the Heights Medical Tower at 427 W. 20th St.: LoopNet