Johnson County one of few with unrestricted alcohol permits available


A sign posted at the site of a future restaurant in Old Town Greenwood states the business has applied for an alcohol permit. Less than half of the alcohol permits allowed in Johnson County are in use, so in most cases new restaurants, bars or liquor stores can easily get the permit they need to operate. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

The owner of a new restaurant in downtown Greenwood had to track down a permit from a restaurant that had gone out of business so that he would be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor.

In Greenwood, all of the permits that allow business to sell all three types of alcohol already had been issued, so Revery chef and owner Mark Henrichs had to hunt down one that was not in use and buy it from the owner.

If none of those permits were available, he would have only been allowed to sell beer and wine and forced to wait for another permit to become available, Henrichs said. Businesses such as a restaurant, bar or liquor store could be forced to choose a different city or town if all permits are in use, but that’s usually not the case in Johnson County where most types of permits are still available.

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