Oshkosh has extra liquor licenses but no takers; tavern league cites changing drinking culture

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 31, 2014 - 4:00 PM

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Liquor licenses in Oshkosh have been in high demand for the last 40 years, so city officials are a little surprised that no one is applying for three licenses that have been available for a while.

An Oshkosh Northwestern Media report (http://oshko.sh/1qh9VPO ) says the city's Common Council plans to wait and see whether the business community develops any proposals for the licenses. Mayor Burk Tower says it's possible the city will keep them.

Pat Purtell is the president of the Oshkosh Tavern League. He says it may be that entrepreneurs recognize that running a tavern isn't easy.

Pete Madland leads the Tavern League of Wisconsin. He's not surprised licenses are sitting unused. He says a changing culture means people are more likely to drink at home than at a bar.

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