Gotta love the Native Americans.....They can find a way around ANYTHING!!! Not only will I get TAX-FREE gambling, Smokes, and gas....NOW come Labor Day I can get TAX FREE BOOZE too!!! Wooooooo HOOOOOOO!!! Booze and Gambling....doesn't get much better than that!!!
Turning Stone to serve alcohol in restaurants by Glenn Coin / The Post-Standard Tuesday August 25, 2009, 2:54 PM
Diners at Turning Stone Resort and Casino's fine-dining restaurants will soon be able to buy drinks with dinner. The resort general manager, Peter Carmen, announced today that five of the resort's restaurants will become private clubs -- but becoming a member will be "as seamless as possible."
The announcement marks the resort's most sweeping effort yet to serve alcohol to a wide spectrum of guests. The state Liquor Authority has repeatedly refused to grant liquor licenses to the Oneida Indian Nation, which runs Turning Stone, but the resort has been able to serve alcohol at conventions, banquets and weddings by using outside caterers.
Starting on Labor Day, guests can pay $25 for a lifetime membership to the restaurants and three lounges, where they will be able to order drinks. All hotel guests will automatically receive a lifetime membership, as will resort guests who spend enough money in the showroom, spa and golf courses.
The nation will contract with Beeches Restaurant of Rome, which caters hundreds of events at the resort each year, to serve drinks at five Turning Stone restaurants: Pino Bianco, Wildflowers, Rodizio, Peach Blossom and Forest Grill. Alcohol will also be served at two lounges and the resort's sports bar.
Carmen said Turning Stone's ability to compete with other resorts is limited by the current alcohol policy.
"There is only so far we can go with this destination when we are unable to offer the amenities that other destinations offer," Carmen said. "This is Turning Stone's way of trying to improve the situation that in a way that is respectful of what this community and the state Liquor Authority feel comfortable with."
A liquor authority spokesman, Bill Crowley, said he was not familiar with the new Turning Stone program but would research the issue.