- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The owner of the only restaurant in a small Nebraska town said the business won’t survive after a state panel denied her a liquor license this week.

The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission on Wednesday refused to grant the license for Heather Cole because investigators discovered illegal moonshine at her Riverton bar last year. Members said they couldn’t trust Cole after she allowed the illegal liquor into Smitty’s and then lied to investigators about it, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1KOrVJu ) reported.

One commissioner proposed giving her another chance with a strict, five-year probation but two others voted to deny the license. Cole said she can’t afford to appeal and it’s unlikely anyone else in the town will save the bar that serves around 40 diners a day.

Cole said she forgot the moonshine was in the bar and that she never sold it.

“I should have just dumped them down the drain,” she said.

Investigators say the danger of homemade liquor is that it’s unclear what’s in the liquid.

“You don’t know what you’re getting and what’s actually in it,” said Dan Fiala, a Nebraska State Patrol investigator.

Batches of moonshine in other states have tested positive for antifreeze, according to Commission Executive Director Hobert Rupe. The seizure in January 2014 was the first in Nebraska in a while, he said.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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