Issue 5 passes, 74.19 percent vote yes

Results for Issue 5, allowing Buffalo Wild Wings to acquire a Sunday liquor sale permit, have been tallied.

Out of 93 total votes, 74.19 percent voted yes to the sale permit while 25.81 percent voted no.

A local precinct vote is required to obtain a permit for Sunday sales of liquor, said Matt Mullins, public information officer for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

Under Ohio law, no mixed beverages or liquor may be sold on Sunday without the necessary permit.

Buffalo Wild Wings owner Matthew Pipoly said his business is trying to regain a permit it had before relocating from Franklin Avenue to its current East Main Street location.

Pipoly said he was notified in early August that his restaurant no longer had the necessary permit after moving in April. Pipoly said he and his helpers collected more than 100 signatures to appear on the ballot.

“It was a big rush,” he said. “People were very receptive. For the most part, people are like, ‘Heck yeah, why not?’ ”

Ward 5 Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer said she supports the ballot measure, though she cannot vote on it because she lives in precinct B.

“Restaurants really need to have alcohol sales to stay in business,” Shaffer said. “If it’s important to that business, it’s important to downtown and its vitality.”

Laziza is another business in Ward 5 that is permitted to Sunday liquor sales. Shaffer said the restaurant acquired the permit to cater to wedding parties.

Buffalo Wild Wings could still sell wine and beer on Sunday without the D6 permit.

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