"None of the restaurants have started serving alcohol, it's too expensive", says Coleman Kellar, owner of Rattlesnake Jack's.
After the alcohol initiative in Cisco passed, Kellar was anxious to start serving beer along with his home-style cooking, that is, until they ran the numbers.
"By the time we get most of everything we would need, it would run about $10,000 in permits, that's before you start buying any equipment", explains Kellar.
With a new building, they were banking on filling a lot of frosted mugs to make a return on the investment; now that that's not an option, they're turning to other less-traditional options.
"They could bring their own bottle in to set there, of course we'd charge them a set-up fee or something, but at least they could have something with their meal to drink. They wouldn't have to drive to Abilene", Kellar tells us.
Customers can still stop in for a juicy steak, but for now, the restaurant will remain dry.
It is legal for Cisco restaurants to serve alcohol as long as they hold the required permits and licenses, which includes one allowing businesses to cross county lines with purchased alcohol.