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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, October 20, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 9AREACTION/From 1A the ban following the petition, it would have automatically gone to a citywide election in November. “Had this gone to a public vote we would have wasted money on that part of the election and people would have gotten their hopes up.... It’s unfortunate but, I don’t know what to say,” Williams said. Williams said he is pleased that his interpretation of the definition of a central business district is right. “But I feel sorry for people that got tricked into thinking their problems could be solved with this alcohol ban,” Williams said. “I sort of expected this.” He said City Attorney Floyd Akers had told him the method the city was using to enact the ban was KRAUSE’S/ From 1A an active interest in the cafe. All of the Krause children grew up working in the restaurant — Karen and Karla still work there, at least until the business closes. Mildred Krause knows the hard work her family and staff put into the business is what has kept many of the customers coming back for IO, 20, 30 and more years. “Hard work and pleasing the public,” Krause said, “that’s what kept (Krause’s) open all these years.” “The people, they’re all nice, good people. We had very loyal help,” Krause said. “There’s a definite local flavor that’s going to be lost in this town,” current owner Glenn Chandler said Alan and Dottie Faison have eaten at the same table every day for 20 years “because we like the food and we like the company,” Alan said. “We’ve made a lot of friends here.” “Now,” Alan said, “we’re going to have to find a new place to hang out — but I don’t know where.” As Alan guided Dottie to the rear door, many of the waitresses said their good-byes to the couple. Dottie, who recognized each voice, waved goodbye to the women she could not see. Dottie is blind, but she knows the entire wait staff by the sound of their voices. Bruce Allen has been a customer since 1959. He remembers the potbellied stove that warmed customers in the winter and the ice-cold beer that cooled many off in the heat of summer. “It was always fun to come over here and have a beer with my dad,” Allen said. Allen’s father also was a regular, and one of the original Stammtisch sitters. “When you came in,” Allen said, “you did not sit down at that table, no matter how big a group you had.” Rumor or tradition held that one had to be invited to sit at the large, 12-man table known as der Stammtisch. “If you were invited to sit down,” Allen continued, “it meant that you were invited from now on.” Kermit Krause remembers the Stammtisch as always being a part of the diner. So too, was the coffee game. “Are you gom a play the coffee game?” was as familiar to regular patrons as the good food and service. Each weekday, one person at the table would write down a number, while the others tried to guess the number. Or, more accurately, tried not to get the number, as the “winner” had to pay for everyone’s coffee. The loser would then pick the number the next day. Each day’s loser’s name was recorded though, and at the end of the year, Kermit bought the one with the most losses a steak dinner. George Goepp was there for the coffee game from the beginning. “Back in those days, the KGNB 7:30 a.m. news was called The Party Line. It was the news of New Braunfels and we all gathered (at the Stammtisch) and listened to that.” Goepp said a “duke’s mixture” gathered around the radio for breakfast and the latest local news. “Every town has kind of a meeting place, and for us, this was it. The Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club and the Downtown Merchants met there for years. The food and the service was excellent. It was just a friendly place to be,” Goepp said. “Gemuetlichkeit, good times. It was just that,” Goepp added. “It’s a shame that it has to come to this ” questionable. But Akers had checked with the TABC and was informed that these types of requests were rubber-stamped, Williams said. “(Councilman Robert Kendrick) brought it up, and he took it to our city attorney and asked him if there was any way to make a law to prohibit alcohol,” Williams said. “This was the only avenue they had. Mr. Kendrick used this central business district as the way that he wanted to enact this law” Williams also said, “In my opinion, Mr. Kendrick should have never brought this to the council, seeing the definition of a central river business district. When I read it, it seemed common sense that there’s no way the river would ever comply to a central river district.” Kendrick and Akers said they both spoke to Bright before the ordinance was proposed and relied on his advice. “It’s very disappointing to see him come down, now that he’s got ten a lot of public pressure, to come down with a completely opposite opinion,” Akers said. “That’s a little disturbing.” Kendrick also expressed surprise at Bright’s recommendation. “My reaction is one of shock and amazement, since I sat in the city attorney’s office and spoke with Lou Bright, the counsel for the TABC, on the speaker phone and he specifically said that this is what we needed to do and that the city could designate anything they want ed to....” Kendrick said. “I find it interesting at this late date he’s changing his mind. I have no idea what kind of pressure he’s coming under from various alcohol lobbies and so forth. Obviously, it’s been quite heavy.” Bright said he handled this situation like any other. He first gave anyone who wanted the opportunity to tell him what they think the TABC should think about the proposal. The TABC would then look at, consider and “truly think” about anything they brought forward, he said. Then, Bright said that even if he and the TABC disagree with others’ input, they have an open and fair process through Monday’s public meeting to talk about their concerns. Kendrick will be at the meeting. He hopes that the commission will “listen to the voice of reason and overrule (Bright’s) interpretation.” “I don’t give up,” Kendrick said. “I just dig the trench a little deeper.” S1297 Special Buy Price per gallon - S3°° Manufacturer’* Mail-in Rebate Louies Home Improvement Warehouse Improving Home Improvement Special Buy Your Choice After #AA7 Mail-In yUff Rebate per gallon V— $ I 4goo Power Painter #330 Kit With Backpack #41506 Your One Stop Paint Shop. 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