Johnson City Chuck E. Cheese could soon serve up beer, wine

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- If a local restaurant gets its way adults in the Tri-Cities may soon be able to drink alcohol at kids’ birthday parties.

Spokesperson for Chuck E. Cheese Alexis Linn confirmed that the company’s Johnson City location is seeking to obtain a beer permit in order to keep up with the demands of the millennial generation.

Linn said millennials seek to visit establishments that “please the whole family—not just the kids.”

Here’s a statement Linn provided to News Channel 11:

With a largely Millennial parent population now in Johnson City, we’re seeing more demand for beer and wine—this generation really wants to “have their cake and eat it too,” and moms & dads are looking for places that will please the whole family—not just the kids.

We’re focusing a lot on boosting the Chuck E. Cheese’s experience for parents (new & improved menu, enhanced service, free Wi-Fi, etc.), and introducing new beer and wine options is one part of that approach

Once we secure our liquor license, we will offer a variety of beer choices, including craft and local brews. Our menu will include one beer in each of these categories:

  • One mass domestic beer (Bud Light, Miller Lite, etc.)
  • One domestic specialty (Blue Moon, Shock Top)
  • A national craft (Sam Adams, New Castle)
  • A local craft (often based on customer recommendations)

Since the application process just began, it will be at least 90 days before these options are available in Johnson City. We have a very strict two drink maximum at all Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants that serve beer and wine, and we reserve the right to refuse service to any guest we believe may have imbibed prior to their visit.

We want to give parents the option to enjoy a craft beer during their child’s birthday party or have a glass of wine at their Chuck E. Cheese’s school fundraiser, but overconsumption will not be permitted or tolerated.”

Linn said Chuck E. Cheese’s No.1 priority is always the safety of its guests, and added the necessary paperwork has been completed and turned into the company’s attorney.

Chuck E. Cheese’s attorney has not submitted the paperwork to the city yet, but Linn said they will be submitting it very soon.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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