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Parkers Prairie bar and grill is first to serve liquor

It may be the first time in history that somewhere other than the city liquor store can legally sell on-sale liquor in the town of Parkers Prairie.

Tilly T's Roadside Bar and Grill, which was formerly known as Shyster's, reopened Friday, March 3, with a license to sell "strong" beer and liquor.

Until a January vote, the municipal liquor store was previously the only business in Parkers Prairie to sell strong beer and liquor. Any other bar or restaurant in town could only sell 3.2 percent alcohol beer and no liquor, said Dan Tillberg, who is co-owner of Tilly T's Roadside Bar and Grill in Parkers Prairie with his wife, Trista.

The Tillbergs, who live in Alexandria, bought the bar/restaurant last August. After a brief closure because of waiting on their license, Tilly T's reopened Friday with a license to sell "strong" beer and liquor.

"Now, we can serve liquor and not have people walk out on us," he said. "That's pretty awesome and a big deal to us."

The license came after a special election on Jan. 10. in which voters overwhelmingly approved two split liquor questions.

The first question asked whether the Parkers Prairie City Council should be allowed to issue private, on-sale licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor to hotels, restaurants and clubs.

Out of 102 votes cast, 83 people voted "yes" and 19 voted "no."

That allowed Tilly T's to get its full liquor license, said Tillberg.

The second question, whether the council should be allowed to issue on-sale licenses to restaurants, clubs and hotels for the sale of intoxicating liquor at retail on Sundays, was passed by a vote of 80 to 22.

Tillberg said he and Trista are "very thankful to the people" for their vote. On the restaurant's Facebook page, the Tillbergs stated, "Thank you to all who have continued to stand behind us and support us. Thank you for your vote. And thank you to the Parkers Prairie City Council."

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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