Cracker Barrel seeks Ohio liquor permits to sell beer, wine

Credit: FILE

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Cracker Barrel is seeking liquor permits for several Ohio restaurants, including ones in Clark, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties.

Centerville, Deerfield Twp., Piqua and Springfield are among the more than 20 Ohio sites for which the national restaurant chain known for homecooked meals is seeking D5I permits, state records show.

That class of permit allows for the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages, according to Ohio law.

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The Dayton and Middletown locations were not listed among the 23 permits it applied for this past week, Ohio Division of Liquor Control records state. Cracker Barrel has 31 restaurants in the state, according to its website.

Cracker Barrel said last year it planned to add beer and wine to its menu at most of its 663 locations, according to published reports.

“The performance of this initiative has been in line with our expectation, and while it is mostly targeted enhancing the dinner daypart, our mimosas have proven to be quite popular in the breakfast and lunch dayparts,” Cracker Barrel President and CEO Sandra B. Cochran said at that time.

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It was the first time since the casual, Southern-style restaurant chain started in 1969 that it began serving alcoholic beverages.

Cracker Barrel began serving alcohol at about 100 locations in Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee prior to the start of the pandemic in 2020 with plans to go national within a year, reports stated.

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