Controversy Arises Over Possible Alcohol Sales at Chuck E. Cheese's

Published: Jul. 26, 2016 at 11:08 PM CDT
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It’s a story that's created plenty of controversy.

There's a possibility of beer and wine being sold at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Midland and it's not sitting well with my many parents.

On Tuesday morning city council unanimously passed the first reading to allow the restaurant to get its alcohol permit.

However CBS 7 News learned the decision was a tough one for council to make.

The decision is especially difficult for Councilman Jeff Sparks who was leaning towards voting against Chuck E. Cheese's request, but after hearing that the restaurant would only be serving a maximum of two six ounce glasses of beer or wine he changed his mind.

You've seen the commercials – “Chuck E. Cheese’s, where a kid can be a kid."

It's an atmosphere that parents say will change if the restaurant begins selling beer and wine.

“I think it just promotes bad behavior in people and I just don’t see that as something that needs to be done around children,” said Sherri Lowery.

"I think that that is really awful, this is a kids place, this is a family place, that's not a place for that," said Christi Phillips.

"When you come here it's supposed to be for your children, for a party, for fun, for games, for family time,” said Vianca Hernandez. “You're not supposed to come here for beer and wine at a kids place."

When Sparks first heard about Chuck E. Cheese's request he too had reservations and still does.

"I'm not saying I even made the right decision with Chuck E. Cheese’s,” Sparks said. “I don't [necessarily] agree with what they're doing, but they did have a plan that made sense."

That plan consists of allowing customers 21 and over to purchase a maximum of two alcoholic drinks at a designated register.

In addition, each patron must show their ID and will have their names taken down.

A spokeswoman for Chuck E. Cheese’s tells CBS 7 News they've been serving beer and wine off and on in a number of their locations since they were established almost 40 years ago.

But a final decision from council won't happen until August 9.

"Honestly, I'm conflicted on it because they said that it’s to attract millennials,” Sparks said. “If the millennials have to drink at everything, I think that’s a sad statement of where we're going as a society."