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Clermont businesses say they lose without booze
City to hear beer, wine sales concerns tonight
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Del Rey manager Fabian Vega wants to offer alcohol to his guests. He said several restaurants have failed at the same location on U.S. 129 near the city limits and a less restrictive law could boost his profits. “You never know if you never try,” Vega said last week. - photo by NAT GURLEY
El Rey Mexican Restaurant and Happy Food Mart in Clermont have more in common than just being neighbors on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway. Both say they have customers leaving their premises as soon as they enter after hearing the establishments don’t sell beer and wine. “We’re not doing very well on business right now,” El Rey manager Fabian Vega said.