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Wild Bill's BBQ gets OK to sell beer
The old VFW is being transformed to Wild Bill’s BBQ and Grill, which has been approved by the county to sell beer.

Wild Bill’s BBQ & Grill has been approved to sell beer with its barbeque. 

The county’s Beer Board met to review a request from business owner Caitlyn McCormick for an on-premises beer permit, meaning the restaurant wishes to sell and dispense alcoholic beverages to individuals opting to dine in. 

“Mrs. McCormick has met the required background check by our district attorney and everything was approved there,” said Commissioner Ron Lee, chair. 

Bill Davis and his family members are establishing the restaurant at 3340 Sparta Highway in the former headquarters of VFW Post 5064. While Bill offers his BBQ expertise, the day-to-day business operation will be overseen by Bill's son Preston, daughter Caitlyn and wife Nicola.

A distance restriction between the restaurant and the nearest church has also been met. 

“Today’s technology is amazing,” said Lee. “I went to (Warren County Property Accessor) Beth Martin’s office and did a visual from the sky and you are 2,352 feet from the nearest church, not necessarily by the road but by the crow flies. You are more than 300 feet further than you need, so you met specifications on distance.”

McCormick was instructed on the importance of requesting photoID on everyone, even those individuals who appear to be older than 21.

“The biggest thing is card, card, card,” said Lee. “That’s what can get you in trouble. Even if a man like me comes in there and has gray hair, like mine, card him. Card everyone. No exceptions. That’s a responsibility that’s on your shoulders.” 

Commissioner Randy England added, “And the people that work for you.” 

“That’s right,” said Lee. “It’s going to fall on you and them, too. You are where the buck stops. I’m looking forward to coming out there and getting some barbecue.”

Bill’s BBQ & Grill will specialize in BBQ and offer ribs, brisket, chicken and rib-eyes. Bill has said he hopes to open in January.

Committee members unanimously approved the request for an on-premises beer permit.