Voters in two precincts easily passed revised Oberlin city liquor laws in last November's election that will permit the sale of wine and mixed drinks in a maximum of five downtown restaurants. The Foxgrape Cafe, the Mandarin Chinese Restaurant and Tea House, the new Weia Teia Restaurant, serving Thai meals, and Black River Cafe have all applied for licenses to serve wine and after-dinner drinks, and Gibson's (home of the famous whole-wheat doughnut) may decide to offer take-out wines in the future. At present only the Oberlin Inn can serve wine, beer, and liquor to its diners.
Dave Parsh, president of the Oberlin Downtown Merchants Association, said the measures were needed to attract customers downtown. All applicants have agreed to carefully card students before accepting orders for any alcoholic beverages, as the legal drinking age remains 21.