Kotzebue plans city-owned bar, restaurant

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Kotzebue officials plan to open a city-owned bar and restaurant to generate additional revenues.

Officials say the business would open as early as November if approved by Alaska liquor license regulators.

Reports say the restaurant and a city operated liquor store launched in 2010 are expected to generate about 15 percent of the general fund cash.

City attorney Joe Evans says the restaurant would be called Kotzebue Grille.

Not all locals welcome liquor sales by the local government in an area where suicide and fetal alcohol syndrome rates are among the highest in the state.

Kathy Ward, who grew up in the community of 3,200, says people who had not been regular drinkers began buying alcohol every day when the city opened the liquor store.