The state has approved a controversial permit for an Indian tribe to expand its alcohol beverage sales at its Santa Barbara County casino.
The Department Of Alcohol And Beverage Control okayed the permit change for one of the two permits held by the Chumash Casino, in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Up until now, alcohol sales were limited to a third floor restaurant.
The ABC’s decision would allow sales in other restaurant areas, as well as in the resort’s showroom, but only during banquets. Sales, and consumption of alcoholic beverages would continue to be prohibited on the gaming floor, and in the showroom during events such as boxing, and concerts.
Some area residents opposed the expansion, claiming it would lead to an increase in crime, or aggravate law enforcement problems. The ABC ruled there is insufficient evidence to support those claims.
Santa Barbara County had initially protested the proposed change, but then withdrew its objections after conditions were added to limit alcohol sales.