- Associated Press - Sunday, April 16, 2017

SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) - A Louisiana couple is trying to open a restaurant selling daiquiris in rural Mississippi, but they have hit a snag with liquor laws.

The couple didn’t know until after opening for business that a Pike County ordinance requires them to be declared a resort area to sell liquor outside a city, The Enterprise-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2p3Qp0e).

Karl Perkins, who co-owns Big Easy Poboys & Daquiris with Theresa Brazile, said the news about the liquor rule was a blow.

“I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach,” he said.

Pike County is near the Louisiana state line, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of New Orleans.

Brazile said she and Perkins complied with regulations set by the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control, which is part of the state Department of Revenue. But she said no one at the state level mentioned the Pike County ordinance.

The restaurant has plate lunches, po’boys and muffulettas. Three daiquiri machines stand empty, but the restaurant serves tea, soft drinks and beer. Beer is not regulated by the resort rule.

“What we’re proposing is to bring a small taste of New Orleans to Mississippi,” Brazile told Pike County supervisors last week. “It’s a restaurant. It’s not a bar or a club or anything like that.”

She said would be sold for on-site consumption only. The business is across the street from the Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant and will likely serve many of its employees, she said.

Board president Luke Brewer said he and other supervisors plan to make a decision about the resort status in the coming week.

Brazile and Perkins ran legal notices in the Enterprise-Journal from December through this month, expressing their intent to open the restaurant. In Wednesday’s newspaper, they ran a display ad announcing the opening of Big Easy Poboys LLC.

Perkins said he and others, including his cousin Cleo Brown, spent months renovating the building, an old house owned by his parents, William and Katherine Perkins. The house has previously been a church and a restaurant.

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